Cosby Gibson

Unique Acoustic and Folk-style Original Songs

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Cosby Gibson 2014

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Whispers on the Water
Blessing in Disguise
Into Mid-air
Let's Pretend

Winner, Best Folk Album, 2018
Capital District Original
Music Awards


By Winnie Blackwood, For The Amsterdam Recorder, NY
Friday, June 17, 2017

FORT JOHNSON, NY — An album written by a local artist that centers around dwelling on a negative past and overcoming such an obstacle received an award by the Capital District Original Music Awards.

Folk singer and song writer and resident of Fort Johnson, Cosby Gibson, won the Best Folk Album for her album, “Talking to Echos,” on June 5.

Gibson submitted her CD to the award organization’s 15-member committee in New York City after she heard of the opportunity.

“Talking to Echos,” is comprised of 12 songs with half revolving around the notion of being stuck in the past and the rest about rising above it.

“When people dwell in negative memories, that’s also very destructive and there’s nothing you can do about it, so that’s why the term, ‘talking to echos,’” Gibson said. “Because you are just talking to echoes. You’re talking to the past, going over and over in your mind.”

The album also includes four videos and an artist’s booklet.

“What the board does is recognize individuals, such as Cosby Gibson, who have done creative music and have done it to an extent, and people appreciate it over someone else, who might be in that same genre/category,” Richard Womack, a board member of the Capital District Original Music Awards, said.

Artists submit their work on a CD, which are labeled with letters in the alphabet to remain anonymous. No money is collected from the contestant, Womack said. Awards are chosen based on originality and the quality of the originality, as well as the quality of the material.

“The one thing about awards is that it really raises the bar for artists, because it keeps you wanting to do quality work, even though you would anyway,” Gibson said.

Once artists are picked as the winner, they must perform to ensure their work and talent are authentic.

“It sounded great, performed well,” Womack said of Gibson’s album and performance.

This is the awards organization’s second awards show, which was held on June 10. Gibson was touring that day and was unable to be in attendance.

Gibson said artists, including herself, do not use a title such as this for an ego boost, but as a way to give back to the community.

“That’s important to understand because otherwise it just seems like you are running around chasing awards, which is empty,” Gibson said.

People could see the title when a concert or event is announced and be attracted to attend because of it in places like a local library.

After making it to the first ballot for the 2016 Grammy nominations, Gibson used that to add weight in order to attract people to a local venue.

“Right now it’s a little difficult for the arts because entertainment is accessible on electronics and because sometimes the economy is a little shaky, not as many people are going to these live events,” Gibson said.

Even though Gibson did not make it past the first ballot for the Grammy nominations, she said next time she plans on going farther in the process.

New songs have already been written by Gibson, and her plan for her next album’s theme will be joy.

“People get very depressed about what’s going on in their lives and to go above that to find a place of joy sometimes is the only relief,” Gibson said. “Maybe all that stuff is still terrible and is still going on, but you have go to somehow find joy in your life, or you are going to get worse and worse.”

Other projects Gibson is working on includes her Erie Canal Tour with two tour dates left for the summer season, her performances and her Patreon account. The website allows artists to upload their work and subscribers can access it for $1.


Local Artist Drops Her Latest Record; Hits Local Stores

By EMILY DREW, Amsterdam Recorder News Staff, NY, Oct. 23, 2015

Acoustic singersongwriter Cosby Gibson, a village resident, began her official music career
only eight years ago, but with a new album, she hopes to see her name among upcoming
Grammy nominees.

Gibson will perform her new album, "Talking to Echos," at local F.Y.E. stores this week as part of the Johnstown store's program to support local musicians. This fourth album, a threeyear project done with the help of online supporters, concentrates on letting go of the past.

"It very lightly explores the concept of when people are, not necessarily stuck in the past, but maybe something happened to them in the past. It could be anything. And you don't realize it, but maybe 10 or 15 years go by, you're still thinking about it. My idea is that basically, you're talking to echoes, you're talking to nothing. It's not there any more," Gibson said.

She said she did not begin creating new music with this theme in mind, but once she sat down and began playing chords on her guitar, she noticed an overarching idea coming together. "I know that that whole idea sounds heavy..., but it's really not heavyhanded. It's light," said Gibson. "The [songs] are very pleasant. They're pleasant, upbeat and happy songs."

Part of the 12-track album centers on being stuck on past events, while the rest speaks to rising above it, Gibson said. The track "Jane Rides Again" features one of Gibson's recurring characters who cannot move forward in life. The album also features a second disc with four music videos featuring Gibson, as well as an artist's booklet.

Gibson will perform four concerts between Friday and Saturday at F.Y.E. store locations in Saratoga, Glens Falls, Schenectady and Johnstown. She coordinated with Heather Reppenhagen from the Johnstown store, which has a program to help local musicians expand from instore concerts to other locations.

Part of the reason, Gibson said, is because her goal is a Grammy nomination next season. If she sells 500 CDs or downloads of "Talking to Echoes," she qualifies for the Northeast Billboard Chart "Heatseekers." From there, the album could be considered for a Grammy. "I think with the theme, the packaging, and the songs, I think it's definitely worth consideration," she said.

She said part of her success thus far can be attributed to her supporters. Like many artists today, Gibson looked to the Internet for support. She has a CD Baby account to sell her music, but it's Patreon that has had the most influence on her. The web site allows people to subscribe to an artist's work, whether it is music, videos or drawings. When the artist uploads a piece, subscribers are charged $1 for access.

While Gibson said she does not like to concentrate on money, she liked the website because it is a resource for artists to live from what they enjoy doing. "In today's world, an artist really can do their work and have people support them and survive and still be true to their art. It's almost entirely because of the internet," said Gibson.

Some of the songs on "Talking to Echos" come from Gibson's Patreon account. In addition to her solo performances, Gibson also performs in a duo with Tom Staudle, who regularly performs in Fultonville. In the duo, Gibson plays either the violin or dulcimer, but it's the guitar she turns to when alone on stage the instrument she started on as a child.

"My mother was completely patient," she said. "I found out later she doesn't even like the sound of a guitar and yet I was playing it for so many years in my bedroom every day."

Gibson only began a music career eight years ago, though. After injuring her hand in high school, she looked up ways to rehabilitate herself and began playing professionally. Some of her larger performances include the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Pete Seeger's Beacon Sloop Festivals, and Macy's store benefits. Music has always been a part of her life.

"It's very funny. Even though I've only been performing for eight years, I realized all along in my life I've been doing these musical things," she said. Gibson defines her music as having a folksy feel to it. "it's interesting because folk music is changing," she said. "Where folk music used to be Woody Guthrie-type musicians, today the music concentrates on instruments and has a more pop feel to it. For a lot of artists, there's a blend. They develop their own style that might not fit specifically into one of the genres. What I've chosen, it definitely fits acoustic songwriter," she said.

Song recording: Leopard Studio, Stone Ridge, NY
and Crumbs Studio, Watervliet, NY
Home page portrait: Tom Staudle

Songs Copyright Dove and Olive Branch Music 2018

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