Maria Cozette has been in the Performing Arts since age four. As an adolescent, she took the lead in numerous Los Angeles based choirs, as well as becoming a praised Ballerina and theatrical performer. Her immense passion for the art of dance led her to study the discipline for fifteen years at Baert Dance Academy with instructors Henry Abkar, Anahit Djambazian, and Edward Khatchatourian. Cozette’s first music teacher, Ms. Ani Hovagimyan played an integral role in developing the artist. Ms. Hovagimyan booked performances, television interviews and appearances, and polished the young starlet’s talent. At the age of twelve, Cozette was asked to join a youth musical theatre group for a popular television series under the direction of renowned composer and songwriter, Sasoun Paskevichyan. Cozette quickly gained recognition across the Diaspora for her charismatic stage presence and astounding vocal abilities. After graduating high school, she linked up with an accomplished songwriter to cultivate her talents in writing. In later years, Cozette collaborated with numerous artists as a featured singer, meanwhile working diligently to perfect writing music.
In 2007, Cozette unleashed her debut album, “Special Delivery,” introducing Soulful Pop Music. It gained local recognition and received rave reviews. For the following years, she performed at nearly every venue in Los Angeles, including Nokia theatre.
After recognizing a lack of Armenian youth viewership, Cozette created and hosted the first English show to air on any Armenian network in 2010. Music Box with Maria Cozette aired the latest music videos and provided a platform for Armenian-American professionals to promote their endeavors while conveying a positive message to the youth. The show ran for 5 years and gained massive popularity.
The same year, Cozette released her sophomore album, “Born Ready” and debuted as a songwriter by writing the composition in its entirety. She translates her deep creative impulse into finely wrought sonic pieces, in which catchy, pop driven melodies resonate with fans. True to her effervescent spirit, Cozette has interpreted even her darkest moments into what can be heard as music with a light of hope and underlying strength. Both “Special Delivery,” and “Born Ready,” solidified the artist’s international fan base in Japan, Philippines, Lebanon, Russia, Armenia, Australia, Germany, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, Turkey, France, and the United States.
After taking a break to pursue a Master in Business Administration, Maria Cozette returned to music in 2014 to release her third studio album “The Light of Day.” This time, Cozette produced all the music & wrote each track to be unique in character yet come together seamlessly like a quilt. The album attracted tremendous buzz from critics and fans worldwide.
In 2015, Cozette produced a new rendition of “Adana,” dedicated to the Armenian Genocide centennial commemoration: a song that is a part of the Armenian cultural fabric. In 2016, she gave new life to a Harout Pamboukjian classic, “O Kami Kami.” Cozette’s most recent release is “Zartir Lao;” an Armenian folk song that is originally performed as a patriotic, pomp and circumstance. She remembered her grandmother always explaining the significance of the song and its relevance to Armenian history.
2011- “Woman in Entertainment” by Armenian American Chamber of Commerce for accomplishments in entertainment, youth advocacy, and philanthropic ventures
2014- “Woman in Arts & Entertainment” by Senator Carol Liu for pioneering the first English television program to air on any Armenian Network
2016- “Character and Ethics Award” by Glendale Unified School District for navigating professional career ethically and exemplifying strong moral character