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
On schedule saturday, may 20, 2017
It doesn’t matter how the gig went. It doesn’t matter if they loved me, hated me, or ignored me. It doesn’t matter who I met or didn’t meet, or if I’ll miss them or if they’ll be glad to be rid of me. I leave town in the morning....
An open letter to the gentleman who asked for my attention thursday, may 18, 2017
It was sometime after eating the last dessert because the barista didn’t want to bother putting it away. I probably had too much coffee or too much wine or both. Or perhaps too much tequila… No, that wasn’t it; there was none of that. That’s a different story… but it’s as though I were telling several concurrent stories rather than just one, flowing seamlessly from color to color,...
An open letter to a gentleman I met in Cleveland thursday, may 11, 2017
The theater has been undergoing renovations. The board members told us at a meeting that our previous contractor was not working out and that they were looking for a new one. I thought about you because you’re a contractor. I didn’t call you because you’re in Cleveland, and New York is a pretty far way to travel for a contracting job. I thought about you again the following day. I happened...
Thinking too much about a comment someone made quite a few days ago that I thought didn’t hurt but... saturday, may 6, 2017
Thinking too much about a comment someone made quite a few days ago that I thought didn’t hurt but obvs super did…...

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