We had the good fortune of connecting with Cassie Wilson (aka Cous) and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Cous, what inspires you?
With music, I find inspiration in many different realms. Probably at the forefront I get inspired by other musicians, bands and songwriters. I grew up listening to a lot of old-school legends (The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Bob Dylan, and John Prine were some big ones), but there are so many killer artists on the scene now I really dig. I listen to a real diversity of artists and genres too. I’m a big Brittany Howard fan (and her many endeavors), Fleet Foxes, The Avett Brothers, Mac Miller (R.I.P.), Amelia Meath (of Sylvan Esso and Mountain Man), Liz Cooper & The Stampede, The Brook & The Bluff, and Local Natives to name a few. I also always find rejuvenation and innovation in nature – growing up in the front range of Colorado, I was fortunate to have access to lots of hiking trails, ski slopes and outdoor activities which instilled an appreciation and respect for Mother Nature. There’s a certain harmony I find when I’m among the pines or sitting on top of a mountain that is difficult to match. At the same time, I’ve learned to appreciate the artistry city life emanates from living in Denver. We have some solid offerings that can rekindle that drive for creativity from museums to concert venues to exhibits to street graffiti work. I also pull from my own life experiences and relationships for ingenuity. My music is personally reflective in some ways of feelings, events and lessons I’ve learned in life, but can also be a comment on things happening in the world or sometimes even just a far-off storytelling narrative. I like to keep lyrical interpretations open to the listener’s discretion. Overall, I tend to draw inspiration from many things I encounter in day-to-day life that translate into my creative outlets.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My name is Cassie Wilson – I go by Cous (pronounced ·koos·) and am a Denver based singer-songwriter making Americana music. I fell in love with music and singing from a very young age. I grew up attending lots of musicals and plays which instilled a love for live performance and the energy brought in those scenarios. I used to steal my sister’s piano lesson books as a kid and taught myself the basics of the keyboard in my closet; then I got my hands on a guitar in middle school and instantly fell in love. I performed in school plays, musicals and choir in high school which is really where I began writing my own music. From there, things kind of snowballed and over the years I’ve been involved in a few different projects. Notably, I was part of the electro-soul duo No Touch in college and a couple years following, but really found my voice and style in Cous. I’m still early on into my career but with a heart full of reflection and a head full of lyrics, I have no plans of slowing down. When concerts safely come back, you’ll find me hoping around on different instruments in my live sets keeping them dynamic and soulful. One thing you should know about me is that I recently released a new single! It is entitled “Turpentine” and can be found on all major streaming platforms. You can listen here –> https://hypeddit.com/link/lruqj7

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Food wise, you’ll have to hit Swing Thai and Kyu Ramen. For drinks, head to the lovely Mercury Cafe which also has live music, Cerebral Brewing for a pint then swing by Sanchos (a heady Grateful Dead bar in the best of ways) off Colfax. I’m a big fan of museums so the Denver Art Museum would be a must along with the Museum of Nature and Science; the gems and minerals collection is one of my favorite exhibits there. Some great venues around town for local music would be Larimer Lounge or Lost Lake, but also catch some tunes at The Ogden Theatre or Bluebird Theatre. A jaunt over to one of the single best venues on the planet, Red Rocks, is an absolute necessity – show or no show, that place is truly magical. A good park hang at Cheeseman or City Park is also a great way to round it off!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my family (my parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, and extended family) who have always been my #1 fans and supported my journey. It means the world to me you guys are always in the front row of shows in a Cous t-shirt shouting the lyrics back at me. I also have to throw out some of the many badass female artists/musicians/songwriters who have inspired me and historically paved/are paving the way for women in the music industry – Etta James, Billie Holiday, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, Stevie Nicks, Joni Mitchell, Joan Jett, Tracy Chapman, Sheryl Crow, Indigo Girls, Amy Winehouse, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile, and Brittany Howard. That list only touches the surface and can go on and on and on. Here’s to the many females out there writing and producing meaningful music for the masses that will carry on from generation to generation and inspire more women in the future to write their hearts out…here’s also to females across the board in the workforce slaying everyday!

Website: www.cousmusic.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cousmusic/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cousmusicofficial

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHeKaYuOBasNms1VllCPeEw

Image Credits
Photo Credits: Chris Weir Grace Clark Tre Hamlet Juli Williams

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