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Lori McKenna's unusual combination of professional and personal life,
at least in the context of the modern music industry, has been well-documented. Admired and recorded by Faith Hill, Tim McGraw,
Carrie Underwood and Alison Krauss (to name just a few), McKenna is a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments between
romantic partners as they navigate their relationships.
McKenna' latest CD, "Numbered Doors" was produced by Mark Erelli. It's fair to say that songwriters spend a good
amount of time in motel rooms. A lot of songs have been written in motel rooms. It’s sometimes hard for a songwriter's mind
to find rest in that room. Think of all the stories that started or ended in that room. Think of all the feelings given into
and the ones ignored. All the gossip that room could spit out about all the strangers that have come through. Ourselves included.
The love made, the promises, the lies, the turning points and last hopes, the prayers. If "Lorraine" and
"Massachusetts" were personal records – "Numbered Doors" is more inspired by those lingering stories.
Here is a video of Lori McKenna performing her song "Make Every Word Hurt" with Mark Erelli at the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield, Massachusetts.
The voice of Rose Cousins is unmistakable. Originally from Prince Edward Island, she lives in Halifax,
Nova Scotia. She has released three albums We Have Made A Spark (2012), The Send Off (2009) produced by Luke Doucet, and If You Were For Me
(2006) produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) in Halifax, as well as singles and recordings in collaboration with artists across Canada, the US,
Ireland, Australia and beyond.
She has garnered awards including the JUNO (Canada's Grammy) for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year, 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best
Contemporary Singer, 6 East Coast Music Awards, 3 Nova Scotia Music Awards, 3 PEI Music Awards, and a Polaris Prize long list nomination. In America, We
Have Made A Spark was named to NPR's Top 10 Americana & Folk Albums of 2012, and recognized by USA Today, Oprah Magazine, Entertainment Weekly,
Folk Alley, Sirius XM, WFUV, WXPN and other media outlets.
The spirit of collaboration is in everything Cousins does. Her firm roots in two vibrant music communities (Eastern Canada and Boston Massachusetts) fuel her
music with an evolving cast of talented fellow artists. At any show, anywhere Cousins travels, recruits from the local music scene appear with her on stage,
be they emerging or well known. CBC debuted her short film If I Should Fall Behind about the community
in Boston where her album We Have Made A Spark was made.
Equally unmistakable is the devastating emotions her music evokes. Her songs have appeared in climatic scenes in television shows including Grey's Anatomy,
Rookie Blue, Heartland, Hope for Wildlife and Drop Dead Diva.
Here is a video of Rose Cousins performing her song "All The Stars" with Jennah Barry.