Composer and Singer-Songwriter




Kristin Cotts is a multifaceted composer, songwriter, and performer. She has been performing solo and with her band  for the past ten years. Mixing wit with sadness and a straightforward delivery with an irony-laden roll of the eyes, she both connects and entertains. Kristin's lyrics delve into the beauty, angst, mystery, and joy that comprise the natural world and the human condition. She has shared the same with many talented artists, including Maria Muldaur and Karla Bonoff and in manywonderful venues, including Evanston SPACE, Mayne Stage, FitzGerald's, and Shank Hall. Her song If My Sister's Broken, a tribute to the water protectors at Standing Rock, which she wrote after joining them in an action, was  featured on the Morning Show on WBEZ (Chicago's NPR affiliate), hosted by Tony Sarabia in December of 2017.


Kristin has composed scores for the screen in a wide variety of styles, including the award-winning Breakfast at Ina's, which premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in October 2015. She is also in the process of developing Uprooted, a full-length stage musical. A professional concert performance of the show was produced in November of 2016. Kristin is also available for charts, arrangements, and transcriptions. Samples of her work are available on this website. Click here to view Kristin's reel.