So, I've had three introductions to Kathy Kosins - both by well-versed, musically discerning promoters who know what phenomenal is. And this is why Kathy IS: she is able to communicate a song in the most natural of ways. With tone and eyes-closed feeling. With the belief IN the song So the emotion GETS to us. She's doing that now - with a tune penned by the ex-wife of Bill Withers, Denise Nicholas. You remember her? She was an actress of note - and the message here is how much SHE remembered her brief time with the then troubled legend. It sounds as if Kathy has LIVED this. Pouring her heart into the free-form arrangement, letting go when the music tells her.
This "Uncovered Soul" album is quite a revelation. It's what Kathy was supposed to do - after five albums and two decades of conveying the Detroit roots that will always be her trademark. Matter-of-fact, besides California, this project was also recorded in her stomping grounds. With seasoned, dynamic musicians by her side. Mitch Forman and Eric Harland among them. These guys don't play with dilettantes! You've got to KNOW what you're doing, how you're doing it and get the notion of time management. What probably turned on ALL of these players: that Kathy wanted to focus on the musical atmosphere of Motown from the 60's and 70's. They ALL did a remarkable job!
Once upon a time, Kathy felt that her future depended on other, more established vocalists taking her songs and charting them. An indie company heard HER and changed her mind :) With Grammy-winning Kamau Kenyatta producing, this former Don Was background singer is now FOREGROUND. All it takes is one listen to "Uncovered Soul" and you'll get it. It feels like the music that you keep hearing in your head from the past. How cool!
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