Adrienne Cowan is a metal vocalist, keyboardist, composer, orchestrator, conductor, and arranger. Equal parts eccentric Jack Sparrow and poignant nostalgia, she is an artist who touches heavily on escapism as well as expressing a distantly romantic outlook on death and solo voyages.
Crafting globally in numerous bands, she is best known for her work in Seven Spires, where she draws from all flavours across and outside of the spectrum of metal and orchestral music. She is also known as the keyboardist of LA-based Winds of Plague, the vocalist of Milan, IT-based Light & Shade, and the vocalist of the hard rock/power metal outfit, FirstBourne.
Graduating from Berklee College of Music did not mark the end of her musical education, in her eyes. “Every time I collaborate with someone, I learn something new. Whether it’s about music, about myself as a writer, or what makes other musicians tick – I love it.”
Her numerous collaborations and appearances include Casio artist Kyle Morrison’s “Pianometal” (featuring members of Fleshgod Apocalypse, Megadeth, Dragonland, and others), Erik Huang’s “Akshara”, and a brief performance with Sweden’s Amaranthe. She also performed with Jeff and Casey Williams of RWBY Music at RTX ’16, and contributed vocals to Black Science’s “Freedom (Or Die Trying)” which was featured on Rooster Teeth’s show, Camp Camp. Additionally, she created the role of Asceawa in Robert Schlink’s “Queen Boudicca: A Metal Opera”, and is pleased to be a mixing/mastering client of Sascha Paeth of Avantasia since ‘14, as well as Jim Olivera (SONY Brazil) and Simone Mularoni (DGM).
Adrienne would spend a perfect day off next to the Rialto Bridge with her dog, her tattered copy of The Return of the King, and a bottomless cup of espresso. She also enjoys the Legend of Zelda and Kraken Rum, and keeps a blog documenting her travels.
"First of all, it was interesting to see how the middle section of the surprisingly hard 'Book Of Shallows', performed in the studio version by Kreator frontman Mille Petrozza, would sound live. The answer: A well-laid-out Ronnie Atkins (Pretty Maids) shares the passage with backing vocalist Adrienne Cowan, who sticks out her lines almost more venomously than Mille himself. In general, the bearish performance of the American has to be mentioned here. Finally, she not only convinces with trepidation tonight, but also follows in the footsteps of Candice Night ('Moonglow') and Within Temptation frontwoman Sharon den Nobel ('Farewell'). Hats off!"
-- Lukas Höpfner
“A great female vocalist with amazing abilities. She can sing any style.”
-- Tobias Sammet (Avantasia)
“Fronted by the frankly ludicrous vocal talents of Adrienne Cowan, the Boston-based symphonic metal quartet blew the audience away with their rabid enthusiasm, their singer providing a startling, charismatic focal point. Some people are simply destined to be megastars.”
-- Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer UK)
"One of the few new real personalities in metal"
-- Sascha Paeth (Kamelot, Epica, Rhapsody, Avantasia)
Dead Rhetoric, "Amaranthe/Butcher Babies – The Stafford Palace Theater, Stafford Springs, CT – November 5, 2015"
"The group is fronted by Adrienne Cowan, who also handles the impeccably tasteful keyboards and orchestrations. By the halfway mark of the EP, Cowan locks herself in as a powerful vocalist with character to boot. Equal parts Simone Simons and Alice Cooper, Cowan doesn’t just ask more radio-friendly singers like Tarja Turunen or Lzzy Hale to step aside – she sounds as though she eats them for breakfast."
The UMASS LOWELL Connector Review, Final Grade A
"Cowan's voice is a monument to talent and intelligent songwriting. And her counterparts, the three men who craft and create the structures that she thrives in, are more than a backing band. This is only an EP, I suppose, but it was far and away one of the most dynamic and strong releases you'll find for female fronted metal this year. Or last year. Or the year before that."
Sorrow Eternal "The Cabaret of Dreams" EP Review 9.5/10
“The future star on display would be the trained, multi-octave vocal prowess of Adrienne. Already known to most in the New England metal scene for her work in Seven Spires, Light & Shade gives the listener three sides to her delivery – the death growls a la Alissa White-Gluz, the aforementioned Sebastian Bach-ish insanity screams, and an addictive clean nature that has passion, conviction, and years of solid experience behind her early twenty-something demeanor. “
– Matt Coe
Dead Rhetoric “The Essence of Everything” Review
Lady Obscure, "Light & Shade The Essence of Everything"
"I have to point out I have to point out keyboardist Adrienne Cowan. She rocked it and is worth pointing out because as a keyboardist she only had a small amount of stage to work with but her dynamic, roaring vocals turned heads. I give the band credit in realizing what she brings to the table and giving her the spotlight to perform lead vocals on a track towards the end of the set."
Rock n Roll Junkie, "Winds of Plague live @ Baltimore Soundstage 2/20/17"