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Award-winning vocalist Kathy Kosins to perform with Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble THURSDAY, March 14


(Peru, Neb.) American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award-winning vocalist, songwriter and record producer Kathy Kosins will join the Hoyt Street Jazz Ensemble in concert at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, March 14 in the College Theatre.

There is no admission charge and the public is encouraged to attend.

Kosins is in southeast Nebraska to perform as part of the Brownville (Neb.) Concert Series, where she will entertain audiences Friday and Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m.

Peru State Dean of Arts and Sciences and Director of Bands Dr. Patrick Fortney said, “I am excited about this collaboration between the Brownville Concert Series and Peru State as it allows our students the opportunity to perform with a world-class musician. It’s an honor to have a musician of Kathy Kosins’ caliber on campus. I have no doubt our students will remember this night for a very long time.”

Born and bred during the Motown era of Detroit, Kosins began singing and arranging background vocals for producer Don Was in the early 1980s, which led to her becoming one of the most sought after session singers. As a lead vocalist she recorded for both Carrere (Sony) and Quality Records and later toured with Was/Not Was.

In the early 1990s, Kosins did stints with the JC Heard and Nelson Riddle Orchestras which led to the 1996 release of "All In A Dreams Work" (Schoolkids Records), an impressive debut featuring a collection of nine originals and a cover of the Miles Davis composition “Four.” Reported by over 250 Jazz stations, she reached the top 20 in the Gavin.

The 2002 release of "Mood Swings" (Chiaroscuro Records) continued to bring Kosins recognition and success at the national level. On her 2006 release of "Vintage," (Mahogany Jazz), she rediscovered little known songbook gems which she placed alongside a few widely known, yet unexpected tunes from outside the jazz tradition, which brought her glowing reviews from journalists.

A past recipient of the Michigan Council for the Arts (Jazz Composer of the Year), Kosins has received grants from Michigan’s ArtServe advocacy group. Her clinics and workshops teach performance skills alongside business strategies for the independent artist and have been a success at colleges and universities across the USA.

When not touring the USA or Europe, Kathy excels as a painter. Her abstract acrylics on canvas are influenced by the cubist paintings of the 1950s. Commissioned paintings are held in private collections and Kosins continues to sell her work at both gallery shows and concert performances.

Kosins has recorded with many well-known jazz and R&B artists, including Aaron Goldberg, Reuben Rogers, Eric Harland, Peter Bernstein, Larry Koonse, Tamir Hendelman, Robert Hurst, Jeremy Pelt, Jon Ellis, Howard Levy, Don Was, Michael Henderson, Paul Keller and others.

She has shared the stage and performed with numerous notable jazz and R&B musicians, including the likes of Cyrus Chestnut, Terell Stafford, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Larry Goldings, James Moody, Kevin Mahogany, Bernard Purdie, Greg Hutchinson, Eric Harland, Red Holloway, Grant Green Jr., Reuben Rogers, Reuben Wilson, Aaron Goldberg, Tamir Hendelman, Jesse Davis, Eric Marienthal, Mitch Ryder, Was/Not Was and Michael Henderson.

For additional information, contact Fortney at 402-872-2237 or

For more information on the Brownville Concert Series and tickets, visit