Mu­si­cian with penin­sula roots up for Mu­sicNL awards

Rachel Cousins nom­i­nated for Ris­ing Star award

The Southern Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - BY COLIN FAR­RELL THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

POINT MAY, NL – Rachel Cousins, a singer/ song­writer with ties to the Burin Penin­sula, has been nom­i­nated for a pair of awards by Mu­sicNL.

Cousins, who makes her home in St. John’s with her par­ents, said she was with her mom, aunt, and her best friend when she learned of the nom­i­na­tion.

“We were sit­ting at the press con­fer­ence and then my name came up on the nom­i­na­tions,” she said. “Ev­ery­one was quite shocked. I could have jumped out of my seat. I was every ex­cited.”

Cousins, who re­cently re­leased her first al­bum, “This Fire,” has been nom­i­nated for Fe­male Artist of the Year as well as Ris­ing Star of the Year.

(Ear­lier story- http:// www.south­erngazette. ca/liv­ing/2017/8/22/ young-singer-song­writer­with-point-may-roots-re­leases-first-ep.html)

“It’s pretty cool,” said Cousins, who said she didn’t ex­pect to be nom­i­nated for an award be­cause her EP went under the time cri­te­ria.

“But I went over to the con­fer­ence and sure enough, I got nom­i­nated for two awards which is su­per, su­per cool.”

Cousins said as she was record­ing the al­bum, she never pic­tured her­self be­ing nom­i­nated – her only goal in do­ing the al­bum was to get her orig­i­nal mu­sic out. “I’m very lucky to have such

“I’m very lucky to have such a great sup­port sys­tem, and have ev­ery­one (who) has lis­tened to it give me great feed­back and end up go­ing to the Mu­sicNL award and re­ceiv­ing a nom­i­na­tion.” — Rachel Cousins

a great sup­port sys­tem, and have ev­ery­one (who) has lis­tened to it give me great feed­back and end up go­ing to the Mu­sicNL award and re­ceiv­ing a nom­i­na­tion.”

Cousins said she is in good com­pany with the list of nom­i­nees.

“Ev­ery­one that’s been nom­i­nated is so de­serv­ing, and just to be in th­ese cat­e­gories alone with peo­ple like Me­lanie O’Brien – it’s just so hum­bling,” she said.

Other artists nom­i­nated in the Fe­male Artist of the Year in­clude Colleen Power, Janet Cull, Maria Cher­wick and Vic­to­ria Doyle.

“I’m ex­cited enough to be nom­i­nated, and to win would be ab­so­lutely amaz­ing, but I think just to be a young singer/song­writer, it’s enough just to be nom­i­nated for some­thing like that,” said Cousins.

Cousins will also be per­form­ing a show­case at The Ship Pub dur­ing Mu­sicNL week.

“I will be per­form­ing with a full band the ma­jor­ity of the EP,” said Cousins.

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Rachel Cousins was ex­cited when she learned she was up for two awards at the Mu­sicNL Awards to be held at the St. John’s Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Oct 15.

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