Grace Cosgrove is a multi-talented singer, filmmaker, producer and video editor, whose involvement in the many and varied aspects of show business, has given her a wide range of experience as both a performer and an artist.
Grace grew up in Larchmont, NY and in her childhood more than one neighbor probably heard her rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” or Joni Mitchell’s “All I Want.” Grace was always attracted to the art of storytelling, and this gift has served her well, whether in her performing career as a singer or as an award-winning editor/producer for television.
After moving to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, Grace continued her singing career for live audiences as well as disciplines as diverse as background and jingle singer. Her passion for storytelling never left her, however, and in taking a leave of absence from performing to raise her son, Grace’s life took a new direction. She learned the highly technical art of sound and picture editing and produced documentaries for television. She was recognized for her talent by receiving an Emmy and the coveted Edward R. Murrow Award for journalism.
Grace has passion for people. One of her favorite projects as a filmmaker took her to the streets of Flushing, Queens, where she encouraged immigrants from various oppressed nations to sing their national anthems on public streets. She has always been someone who concentrates on the big picture, pushes up her sleeves and gets things done.
Realizing that singing was her great love, she returned to producing and performing with “Grace Notes,” a series that was dedicated to mentoring and promoting great young singers. In the process, Grace and the series raised money for worthy causes, such as City Harvest, an organization that feeds the hungry. In addition, Grace has produced and performed many of her solo shows – “Wishin’ and Hopin’,” a tribute to Burt Bacharach and Hal David; “Songs With Grace,” a collaboration with legendary jazz singer, Marilyn Maye; “Colors” and “To Laura With Love,” both dedicated to the music of Laura Nyro; and her latest work-in-progress with master guitarist, Sean Harkness, “Our American Dream,” a journey home through music. Critic Bob Harrington hailed her work as “performance art,” and she received a prestigious Backstage Bistro Award. Other accolades described Grace as “absolutely mesmerizing,” “a unique presence,” “a gentle and sensitive spirit” who’s “challenging, intelligent, and enormously entertaining.”
As a teenager, Grace was drawn to the music of Laura Nyro, the pop icon singer/songwriter of the sixties and seventies. Like Laura, Grace has explored many genres of popular music from folk and pop to jazz and swing. Her enthusiasm for Nyro’s work remains with her today, and Grace has recently released a new CD celebrating Laura Nyro’s music entitled, “To Laura With Love,” on her own label, Chantooz Music.
Grace’s affinity toward the music of Laura Nyro is probably due to the fact that they are both natural born storytellers. And like Nyro herself, a socially aware and active proponent for societal change, Grace has immersed herself in causes and organizations that promote a healthy environment as well as the safety and quality of the food and water supplies that we consume. She has a great passion for healthy food and cooking, because she believes that sharing a nutritious and delicious meal expresses love and appreciation for the people for whom we care. Grace would like to think that Laura would approve.