This is the official website of Kosi, also known as The Sublime Miss Kosi, Kosi Gyebi, Kosi Gyebi Sorensen, Akosua Gyebi, and Akosua Gyebi Sorensen. She is a singer, vocalist, singer-songwriter, and arranger in jazz, r&b, blues, and rock music.

Biography

Kosi (née Akosua Gyebi) is a New York City based singer/songwriter with nappy hair and jazz roots. Although she always brings just a little drama to her compositions and interpretations, she's more than just a drama queen. She's got piercing eyes and a voice that's larger than her body. But, small as she is, she won't fit in a box. She switches styles more quickly than you can follow, from jazz, to rock, then folk, but never more than a few steps away from the blues.

She cites Abbey Lincoln and Nina Simone as her main influences, and has been compared to Tracy Chapman, India Arie, Ma Rainey, and Bessie Smith. However, despite her comparisons and influences, everything about Kosi, from her nappy hair to her sometimes bare feet, from her occasionally jarring lyrics to her now-she's-sweet-now-she's-screaming dramatic interpretations, radiates authenticity. "I am not creating anything," she says, "nor am I deconstructing anything. I am neither an iconoclast nor a follower. I am simply myself, and that is enough." She's more than enough. You definitely want to hear this girl sing... if you can handle it.

Kosi is currently the lead vocalist of straight-ahead jazz group Sweet Blue Fire and indie rock group The Goddess Lakshmi.

I Know Who I Am, Kosi's fourth and latest album, is a concept album telling the story of guilt, absolution, love, and self-actualization through original jazz and negro spirituals. Along with Kosi's first two albums, Pictures of Us and One More Cup of Coffee, each of which is comprised of eight of Kosi's original songs and two jazz standards, and her third album, Ghosts Appearing through the Sound, which is a tribute to Abbey Lincoln, it is available for purchase or download on Amazon, CDBaby, Bandcamp, and on her website: kosi-sings.com.

Projects


Ghosts Appearing through the Sound -- a tribute to Abbey Lincoln

The Goddess Lakshmi -- post apocalyptic rock band

Scribbles

Things I say when I have nothing to say
SAD sunday, nov 12, 2017
I’m stuffed full of information for the day. I’ve lost my ability to read, write, or practice. I’m looking for the… I have a tendency to become… I’ve gone looking for the word I need. Obsessive? No, that’s too proactive. And “singular” doesn’t mean what I think it means. I’ve burned through all the usual channels. I could throw my weight into tour booking, show...
I wonder what would happen if I opened my eyes and looked to... tuesday, nov 7, 2017
I wonder  what would happen  if I opened my eyes  and looked to see  what it is  my fingers are  grasping for?...
Doing tuesday, oct 10, 2017
Dear void into which I am continually shouting: Do you forgive me that I don’t know what I’m doing? That I don’t know if I’ve done enough? That I don’t know what to do next? But that I feel the need to keep doing something? Dear void into which I am continually shouting: does it offend you when I shout at you? Dear void: is shouting doing something? Answer me whenever. I’ve got time....
Things I’ve found tuesday, aug 29, 2017
For the past few days, I’ve been looking for things I’ve lost. In particular, my keys, a little bottle of tea tree oil, and my capo. Yes, I can easily replace all these things, but for cosmic/spiritual reasons I want to find them. I haven’t yet, but I’ve found other things I forgot I still had: envelopes and stamps, show posters and various other remnants of failed...

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