Every Monday we will be bringing you an unsigned singer or band as part of our Independent Music Monday feature. This week, we caught up with Molly-Anne find out more about her…
Where are you from and how did you first get into music?
My name is Molly-Anne, I am 24 years old and I first started playing music when I was 11! I saw Billie-Joe Armstrong on television playing guitar for Green Day and decided I wanted to be exactly like him. I started taking guitar lessons to learn my favourite songs and the rest is history.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
My musical taste knows no bounds. My father raised me on punk rock, classic rock and made sure I had a decent music education so I owe a lot of my taste to him! However my taste has evolved over time and is constantly changing. My main influences of the current age are Bob Dylan, Alison Krauss, Eva Cassidy, John Mayer and Dolly Parton however I've been through big reggae, dancehall, jungle, death metal and classical piano phases in my life. I don't like to genre discriminate and enjoy a vast wealth of musical styles in my life.
How would you describe your sound?
I've been described as 'Campfire Music', 'Sunshine Sound' and 'British Americana' so I think I'm probably a blend of the three! I like to write music you could kick back with at a campout or enjoy on a blazing summer's day. I could fall somewhere between Country, Folk, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter, Indie with a little nod to Pop. I love writing music that gets people moving and if just one person leaves my shows smiling, I've done my job.
What is your latest single called and what was the influence behind it?
My latest single is called 'Polperro'. I wrote it after a visit to the beautiful town on Polperro, hidden on the Cornish coastline. The song is all about finding beauty and spirituality in nature and intends to bring a sense of peace and solace to the listener.
What’s your local music scene like?
I'm so lucky that I've been raised in beautiful Gloucestershire surrounded by fabulously talented musicians, artists and creators. My local city is Bristol which is just brimming with creative people and a vibrant music scene. There's some fantastic Folk venues and supporters around the South-West and I'm only just scratching the surface of the area. I hope to become further acquainted with other Country/Americana artists nearby and look forward to seeing more!
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
I've got a release coming out on June 22nd. Recorded and produced by the amazing Resound Media, 'Songs Of The South' is a three-track EP that I hope will start to catch some attention. I've worked so hard to put my best works to date on the EP and would just love for people to enjoy it! We're launching the EP with a huge party in Wotton-Under-Edge on June 22nd, you can get tickets on my website. Other than that, I'll be finishing live season in September and getting my head down over winter to write my debut album, hopefully for release next year!
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
If I could have any collaboration in the world, I think I'd love to do something with John Mayer. The man is a wizard!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
When I was a lot younger (and less professional!) I once tried to get on stage and play a couple of songs with my band when we'd had a few too many glasses of Pimms. The result was a hilariously disastrous rendition of 'Run' by Snow Patrol. Probably on YouTube somewhere. Don't go looking for it!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about you?
Something most people don't know about me is that my Dad plays drums for me! We make a great team.