Isabelle Cott shared with us The Cousin Kate Fairytale:
“Once upon a time there were 2 girls in a womb. With both their parents singing, they, too sang before they spoke. And they kept singing growing up. But then the twins went separate ways as one of them, Corinna, was meant to meet Brian at the other side of the world. Brian taught himself to play the guitar when he was 14 years old. Corinna partnered up with Brian to write Cousin Kate’s music. Corinna’s twin, Isabelle, reunited with her sister after a few years; following her to the other side of the world. The voice of Cousin Kate was redefined.
Haim, who became a drummer as a child, has been with the 3 of them since the beginning. Suzanne, on bass, grew up first playing the oboe and drums, until one day a band member left his bass at her house, making her realize that this instrument was her destiny. Tracie first played the piano before starting to play the Cello at 12. With extensive experience as composer and orchestrator, she beautifully harmonizes her Cello with the twins’ voices.” But, the story does not end there!
youbloom became part of their story when they joined us for youbloom@LA last year for both the festival and the conference. Up until this point, they were a band of four and would hire additional musicians when they were invited to play live. It wasn’t until our festival that Isabelle Cott, Corinna Cott, Brian Florian and Haim Russi decided they needed to complete the band. So, as fairytales go, they met their perfect complements in Suzanne Birrell and Tracie Turnball.
Aside from the musical talent of the group, what gives Cousin Kate such a magical quality is the meaning and the motivation behind the music. “The way we see the world is that our word and thoughts create our reality. Therefore, what we think about and hear (consciously and unconsciously) affect our experience,” explains Isabelle. Cousin Kate’s music is about connections, appreciation, and love. They incorporate positive messages into their lyrics and have even created a new genre called MAP—Melodic Alternative Pop with positive lyrics.
The majority of the band’s 100+ song repertoire was created by Brian forming a melody, Corinna creating the vocal melodies and lyrics, and Isabelle adding in the harmonies. Their sound has been likened to Sixpence None the Richer, The Cranberries, and The Beatles. Take a listen to their song “The Thinker” here.
Since youbloomLA, Cousin Kate has been working on their new album which is scheduled to release in November. What is most exciting for them about this album is that this will be the first album that will include Suzanne and Tracie. As with their last album, “Life Without Fear,” the songs will be placed in an order as to tell a story. In addition to the studio recording they are doing, the band plans to release some of their live music as well, either incorporating it into the album or releasing a live album.
Cousin Kate is also very enthusiastic about their first cover song. We tried to get it out of them, but they are being very secretive… However, they did say that it is a well-known song that coincidences with the messages portrayed in their own music. They will also be inviting a couple guest performers on the track (they aren’t giving any hints!).