Detroit, Michigan, USA. In the early 80s Kosins name began appearing as a singer with and arranger for backing groups on several recording sessions. Meanwhile she was busy writing songs and, eager to promote her compositions, she made demos of some of them but soon found that record companies were more interested in her voice. Even so, over the years she has won awards as a songwriter from ASCAP. Working mainly in contemporary pop, she gradually migrated through R&B into jazz. She appeared with artists such as the pop band Was (Not Was), and jazz drummer and bandleader J.C. Heard.
By the mid-90s Kosins was firmly entrenched in the jazz genre and her debut, All In A Dreams Work, was favourably received. In 2001 she won the Arts/Artserve Michigan Jazz Composers Award. Musicians with whom Kosins has worked on live and recorded dates include pianists Aaron Goldberg and Paul Libman, trumpeter and flügelhorn player Jeremy Pelt, tenor saxophonists Jim Gailloreto and Shaun Wallace, guitarist Peter Bernstein, bass players Reuben Rogers and Paul Keller, and drummer Eric Harland. She is very active in education, leading clinics and seminars at numerous universities and colleges throughout the USA. The titles of her courses include Lyrically Speaking, which is subtitled Vocal Interpretation on Jazz Standards, and topics often overlooked in education but which are of crucial importance to newcomers, Gainful Employment and the Art of Hustling the Gig and Kathys Kamikaze Comping Clinic (Surviving Skills for the Jobbing Date).
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.