Cozi Noelle Zuehlsdorff began her acting career at the age of eight when she was encouraged to audition for Annie at a local theater company in Aliso Viejo, Ca. At the time, Cozi thought it would be more fun to go see the musical than to be in it, but in the end decided to audition. She was cast as Annie and has been hooked on musical theater ever since. She has played Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, JoJo in Seussical the Musical, Sally Brown in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and Brigitta in The Sound of Music, to name a few. Some time after she began performing in musicals, Cozi turned her attention to TV and film. She has been seen in commercials for Nestlé Water, Trident Layers gum, Blue Cross/ Blue Shield, Regions Bank, Amica Insurance and Buick. Cozi landed her first principal role as Hazel in the movie Dolphin Tale, produced by Alcon Entertainment and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film stars Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Nathan Gamble and was released on September 23, 2011, reaching number 1 at the box office in its second week. She did Dolphin Tale 2 three years later. Cozi has also appeared in the TNT medical drama Monday Mornings as Trisha Miller, a young pianist with a brain tumor. She can be heard singing in many episodes of Sofia the First, as well as an episode of Jake and the Neverland Pirates (both on Disney Jr.), as part of the group vocals. In addition to acting, Cozi is also an accomplished musician, having studied piano for the past 8 years and performing in Regional Musical Theater Productions around Southern California. Cozi comes from a musical family and is now getting the chance to spread her musical wings with the release of her first project. Cozi's first serious attempt at songwriting came in November of 2013 during the filming of "Dolphin Tale 2". She started out with three songs, recorded them with a home studio software program and soon got the attention of Alcon Entertainment/ASG. Enter Eric Berdon, a writer/producer who met with Cozi to help her finish and produce "Brave Souls" which was featured in the end credits of the movie. Inspired by the success of "Brave Souls," Zuehlsdorff has continued her songwriting and is now releasing her debut EP "Originals" on Thanksgiving Day, just in time for the holidays. "Originals" features seven songs, produced by Berdon and mixed by Grammy Award-winning mixer Craig Bauer at Hinge Studios in Los Angeles. This captivating EP blends Indie and Pop with an organic feel. Cozi lives in Orange County, California with her parents, her older sister, and their dog Bandit. She is a Christian and is home schooled, with a passion for singing, playing piano, writing music, working with children and making movies with her friends.
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