About Jimmy Cozier
Jimmy Cozier is a singer/songwriter/producer born in Brooklyn, New York. His parents are of Jamaican and Guyanese descent and have been a major part of his musical success. With his dad being a jazz saxophonist, young Cozier has always been exposed to the art of music. His first big step in the game was recording with Li l’ Kim on Junior Mafia’s first album, on the song “Backstabbers”. He then went on to showcase his talent as a backup singer for the likes of Gladys Knight and Boyz II Men and Joe as well as the pianist for his “All that I Am” tour.
From there the ball kept rolling when Cozier was hired to write with Lil’ Mo on several projects from the Elektra Entertainment roster. That opportunity eventually landed him to co-write the smash hit “Girlfriend/Boyfriend” a duet from Jane t Jackson and Blackstreet. Since then, Jimmy Cozier has been able to lend his musical talents and work with influential musicians such as Mya, Craig David, Shinead O’connor, Darius Rucker of ” Hootie and the Blow fish”, Olivia and nine time Grammy winner Alicia Keys.
In 1999 Jimmy Cozier was introduced to Clive Davis via Wyclef Jean and signed a recording deal to Arista Records, under the direction of Clive Davis. In 2001 Clive left Arista Records and started J Records. Cozier was one of the many artists that Clive Davis was able to take with him to his new home. The album “ Jimmy Cozier ”, was a n arrangement of 14 heart-twisting, emotionally marinated, relationship-driven ballads that sketched the rich images of the rise and falls of riding the roller coaster of relationships.
Jimmy’s freshman self-titled album was released in the summer 2001, producing the number 3 Hot R&B hit sing le “She Is All I Got” on the Billboard charts and making way for the album to have peaked number 27 on the Billboard Top 200 charts. The album was well received and served up the musical delights of Jimmy Cozier to the starving public. While at J Records, Jimmy Cozier experienced what is known as “creative control” issues. Jimmy felt the obligation of wanting to showcase his Caribbean roots through his music and allow for his fan base to see the other side of this R&B crooner. J was not in support of the direction Jimmy intended wanted to go in. “The label was unsure of what direction to take on the follow-up single, so they just le t the project go to waste”, explained Jimmy.
Shortly after that, Jimmy Cozier was released from J Records and found himself recording music that is true to his heart. Jimmy began working on his reggae album “ Lover’s Rock” and enlisted the talents of the legendary Mr. Beres Hammond to executive produce the project. “I felt that his involvement would give the album that sense of originality that I had been yearning to showcase”, said Jimmy .
“ Lover’s Rock” featured appearances from Elephant Man and Grammy award winning Sean Paul, among others. During the summer of 2005, Jimmy was able to bring one of his other dreams to reality by joining the “Love Has No Boundaries” National Tour, alongside Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths, to name a few.
In 2007 Jimmy recorded his sophomore R&B album with legendary super producer Salaam Remi and Stay Bent, at the time it was appropriately titled “Perfect Timing” , however between touring schedules and Salaams busy schedule the album was never released.
2008 Jimmy continued to tour until 2010 when He took a break from touring and recording to explore the executive side. He went to work with R&B songstress Cheri Dennis who was at the time signed CoziMusic/Badboy distributed by Atlantic Records, Cozier and his partner and General Manager of CoziMusicGroup, Gary Larochelle managed the project from album completion, touring opportunities, to the release of the album in 2011. However that relationship was short lived, in 2011 Cheri decided to leave Cozi Music.
Winter of 2011 Jimmy decided to move his operation to Jamaica. The industry had changed drastically and in order to maintain he had to find his niche in music. He recorded with everyone from Beres Hammond to Sean Paul, Movado, Gyptian, Tessann Chin, Nicki B, Voice Mail in search of his sound and rebranding himself as an international artist.
In 2012 he reconnected with his long time writing partner Grant Mercer who decided to assist Jimmy in creating a business plan and Co-writing his new EP “GetCozi”. It took a year to prepare, plan, raise funds and mobilize producers and writers. Jimmy also used this time to travel back and forth to nyc to use Bmm studios, to initiate songs for ep. Cozier went back home to Jamaica to finalize the product top of 2013. In 2014 Cozier came back to the states to release the single Choose me. Things didn’t go as plan and the single was released Jan 2015 instead, charted #15 on reggae itunes charts. After sitting with a compilation of songs Jimmy decided to record a few new songs and make ep feel more relevant. 2016 got album mixed by Serge Tsai at platinum studios, is now scheduled for December 2016 release. Jimmy’s company is currently managing Grammy nominated singer songwriter Stacy Barthe as well as developing their first season of their reality show “Gettin Cozi”.