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Ashley Campbell, Toby Keith and Dwight Yoakam will represent country in an all-star tribute to Grammy-winning hit-maker Jimmy Webb on May 3 at Carnegie Hall in New York. A Celebration of the Music of Jimmy Webb will feature additional performances by Amy Grant, Art Garfunkel, Billy Davis, Jr., Johnny Rivers, Judy Collins, Marilyn McCoo of Fifth Dimension and Webb himself. Proceeds from the night will support the Alzheimer’s Foundation in…
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Larry Kosson will be traveling to the SXSW Festival in March to participate in a music industry panel discussion. The session, “Programming Intimate Spaces” will take place on March 16, 2017 from 12:30pm-1:30pm at the Austin Convention Center in Room C .Joining Larry will be Patrick Brogan from Arts Quest, Anya Siglin from The Ark and Laura Kendall from Omaha PAC. Small venues provide audiences with unrivaled intimate experiences. These…
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Kosson Talent is excited to announce some wonderful showcase performances that will be happening during the APAP 2017 conference. Reservations are required so please make sure you RSVP if you would like to attend one of these outstanding shows! CLICK ON IMAGE to see the full line up and RSVP information!  

The premiere of Pitch on FOX aired on 9/8.  We are thrilled for Black Violin–their music is a part of this series. Here is a scene depicting the character,  Ginny – Kylie Bunbury getting ready for her major league debut to the soundtrack of Black Violin’s  “A Flat”. ABOUT THE SHOW: From executive producers Dan Fogelman (“Cars,” “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”) and Rick Singer (“Younger”), PITCH is the dramatic and inspirational story of a young pitcher who…
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The most anticipated moment of the 10th annual ACM Honors actually passed without controversy, as Miranda Lambert accepted the inaugural ACM Merle Haggard Spirit Award. Just before the event – held August 30th at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium – alt-country favorite Sturgill Simpson stoked fires with an uncompromising denouncement of the Academy of Country Music on Facebook, citing that the award merely exploited the legacy of Haggard, who died earlier this…
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Did a screaming, hairy armadillo just amble into the middle of reported tensions between Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan? Toward the end of Thursday’s Live With Kelly and Michael, Mutual of Omaha’s Peter Gros brought out the mammal as part of an animal segment, noting its size and lack of teeth forces it to scare off predators by shrieking. “He’s about to scare me away!” chimed in Strahan, as the creature continued its noisy…
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We are excited to announce that Velvet Caravan has signed on with Kosson Talent. Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this  high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, standup bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one of the shining lights of Savannah’s burgeoning music scene. This band plays upbeat tunes from all over the world with thunderous virtuosity and relentless sense of humor.  Bringing together the…
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We congratulate Jimmy Webb on the honor of the Poet’s Award, from The Academy of Country Music. They just announced yesterday this Special Award for the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards. Glen Campbell will receive the Career Achievement Award. Past honorees for the Poet’s Award include Hank Williams, Roger Miller, Kris Kristofferson, and Felice and Boudleaux Bryant. Fellow Oklahoman Carrie Underwood will receive an award as well. Her performance…
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On Grammy night, Black Violin appeard on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon with Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and the LEGENDARY The Roots crew! Watch the full performance here: http://bit.ly/1LrSeUZ

This Wonderful Life is a one-man play beautifully acted by Jeremy Kendall. Based on the iconic 1946 holiday favorite film, It’s a Wonderful Life, the production brings to life over 32 familiar people in an amazing display of physical and verbal virtuosity. Kendall portrays the Jimmy Stewart-inspired George Bailey, and the whole cast of lovable characters from Bedford Falls including Clarence the Angel, Mary, Zuzu and all the townsfolk who…
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Kosson Talent is a proud sponsor of the APAP 2016 conference, to be held this January at the New York Hilton in New York City. You can find Kosson Talent reps Larry Kosson, Meghan Barry and Robin Spielberg in Booth #1029, Americas Hall I during the conference. Appointments are recommended (larry@kossontalent.com). In addition, Pushcart Players will be showcasing their brand new and very timely theater-for-young-audiences show, “Ellis Island: Gateway to America.” …
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Black Violin recently met 19-year old phenom Alessia Cara in Los Angeles, and when she heard Kev and Wil performing she was blown away—so much so, that she invited them to back her up the next day at her Ellen DeGeneres show taping. In case you missed it, here’s a link to the segment. (click Ellen photo) Enjoy!

Valerie Vigoda has co-written a new musical with her husband/collaborator Brendan Millburn, “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me.” The musical opened in Seattle to rave reviews and is now playing in Boston at Emerson College. “Ernest Shackleton Loves Me” is a quirky, fresh and completely original new musical and one of the most exciting things I’ve seen in musical theater in years. It’s the whole package! Don’t miss this one!” -Broadwayworld.com BOSTON…
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The opening and title track to Stereotypes, the major-label debut by Black Violin, serves as a mission statement for an ambitious and groundbreaking group. Wil Baptiste (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin) are a string duo from Florida with equal footing in the worlds of classical music and hip-hop. Though they have been playing together since high school, with Stereotypes, they take a great leap forward, from admirable rarities to significant…
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“The husband-and-wife team of LARRY KOSSON and ROBIN SPIELBERG have launched KOSSON TALENT, with a roster that includes Black Violin, Jimmy Webb, Dala, Trout Fishing in America, Peter Gros of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, Pushcart Players, Robin Spielberg, American Tapestry and Valerie Vigoda. Kosson Won the NAPAMA Agent of the Year award during the 2013 Association of Performing Arts Presenters Conference. He currently serves as membership co-chair on the…
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By David Wild : “Like a lot of people around the world, I have been listening to and loving the extraordinary music of Glen Campbell all of my life. Yet it was only this week that I could emotionally bring myself to see “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” the very beautiful, very musical and even more moving documentary directed by James Keach that quite rightly received an Oscar nomination for…
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE contact: Larry Kosson 717/227-0060 Larry Kosson and Robin Spielberg are proud to announce their new agency, Kosson Talent. The married couple, who formed SMG Artists in 2000 and then joined forces with The Roots Agency, formed this new enterprise to handle a select number of clients. The initial roster includes Black Violin, Jimmy Webb, Dala, Wild Kingdom’s Peter Gros, Pushcart Players, Robin Spielberg, American Tapestry, Trout Fishing…
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Larry Kosson will serve on the SXSW panel, “In the Wings: Programming Performing Arts Centers.”  In the changing landscape of touring, performing arts centers (PACs) are critical in bringing musicians and audiences together. The process of programming at performing arts centers is shifting with new economic realities and audience expectations. This panel will discuss the different influencers on programming at performing arts centers, and how the decision making process works….
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IPAY’s Artistic Development Award celebrates the life, work, and ideals of Colleen Toohey Porter.Colleen, who passed away last year,was a tireless advocate for artists and for the transformative power of the performing arts. A creative and visionary leader, she inspired all of us to dream big, and generously shared her practical knowledge to help us turn our dreams into reality. Larry Kosson is a Campaign Director. With the same intentional…
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Robin Spielberg’s American Tapestry was selected to showcase at the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Performing Arts Conference to be held in Lancaster, PA this month. The trio of fiddle/vocals/guitar/piano/cello delights audiences with fresh and innovative arrangements of precious American gems from yesteryear. These songs are interwoven with new music and the stories that inspired them.  The group is embarking on a ten-city tour following the conference to MN, IA, IL and ND….
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Jimmy Webb, Paul Shaffer, Wil Lee and the 23-piece CBS Orchestra blew the “roof” off with an epic performance of the iconic “MacArthur Park” (composed by Jimmy Webb).   First recorded in 1968 by Richard Harris, the song has been a hit for several artists including Donna Summers, The Four Tops, Chet Atkins & Jerry Reed. “We have the great Jimmy Webb, the composer of the tune, playing with us…
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Robin Spielberg, a renowned contemporary pianist and composer, tells a very personal story about the healing power of music. Her experiences inspired her to share how music makes an impact on our well-being and helps us through difficulties In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live…
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The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice awarded the 2013 Lantos Human Rights Prize, its highest honor, to Hillary Rodham Clinton. The Former Secretary of State received the award for her tireless efforts to promote human rights for women around the world and her groundbreaking work on promoting human rights through Internet freedom.   Roots Agency Artist ROBIN SPIELBERG was congratulated by Hillary Clinton at the event for her…
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Jimmy Webb has a new CD hitting the streets this month, “Still Within the Sound of My Voice”. He appeared this week on CBS This Morning backed by British vocalist sensation Rumer singing the title track. The new Album again unites Jimmy Webb with some of today’s biggest selling and enduring artists for once-in-a-lifetime performances, including the iconic MacArthur Park. In celebration of its 45th Anniversary, Jimmy reached out to…
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Four-time Grammy nominees Trout Fishing in America has released a brand new CD, Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers. The recording features tongue twisters, mind-benders, spooky situations and instantly identifiable slices of a kid’s life. From the creepy feeling of stepping in a gooey substance that is definitely “not mud,” to witnessing the disturbing sight of your sister kissing her boyfriend, to exploring a “Zoo Wacky Zoo” where tigers do the tango,…
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Larry Kosson  was recently interviewed by Marketcircle, the company that creates the software called “Daylite”. Daylite is instrumental in the day-to-day operation of the agency, and so Marketcircle sat down with Larry Kosson for this interview. As a child, many of us dream of being a famous singer or song writer. For some of us this dream goes as far as singing in the shower, but to others this dream…
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Congratulations to Jimmy Webb on receiving this prestigious international music award! Jimmy Webb to be recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award.” Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb will be the recipient of the 2012 prestigious Ivor Novello “Special International Award,” which he will be presented with in London on May 17th. The Ivor Novello ‘Special International Award’ recognizes non-British writers and composers who have made…
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Dala’s highly-anticipated album, “BEST DAY” will drop June 5th in the US. The single for the title track is available now. Watch the video trailer here

Jimmy Webb at the 2011 Country Music Awards (click green title above to see the video!) As part of a tribute to country great Glen Campbell, Jimmy Webb accompanied Vince Gill,Brad Paisley & Keith Urban on the Jimmy Webb-penned Glen Campbell classics. The ailing Campbell was then welcomed to the stage–a very moving moment in music history.