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PREMIERE: Vancouver Singer-Songwriter Molly Annelle Releases New Live Performance ‘An Evening With Molly Annelle’ | Dusty Organ
Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Molly Annelle has always known she was destined to be a musician – and a damn good one at that.
“There was never any other option”, she explains with a smile.
Molly began writing at the young age of five, and just four years later at nine-years-old, was named Young Composer of The Year, courtesy of four-part harmonies for the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Encouraged by her family of musicians and teachers alike, Molly has spent the better part of her life dedicating her time to discover her sound and level up her songwriting abilities.
“I like to describe my sound as dreamy R&B music, with a little bit of an edge to it,” she explains, adding that all genres of music have played a pivotal role in her growth as a musician. Further influences of samba, soul, and vintage soft rock puff up her sound, as her vocals lead the listener through her world of candid lyricism and pop-paired-R&B.
Now signed to 604 Records in Vancouver and with her 2021 debut album Elevator Music out into the world, the emerging songstress is stepping into the next chapter of her work with a half-hour live performance special, An Evening With Molly Annelle.
Featuring songs such as “Bobbie”, “Dior”, and “Tennis”, Annelle plays through Elevator Music alongside more recent hits with a commanding poise and elegance. Singing on a stage filled by a gentle mauve light, well-placed foliage, and odds-and-ends, the stage design by Lindsey Blane provides a welcoming softness that matches her glossy performance.
Bringing her stunning performance to wherever you are, An Evening With Molly Annelle is nothing short of inviting, and a wonderful introduction to the budding star. Like a simple jigsaw puzzle, the pieces come together effortlessly for Molly and her team, as the set design, full band, and her performance flow in harmony for a well-produced audio-visual experience.
Watch the show below, and get to know Molly further in the latest Q&A just past:
INTERVIEW WITH MOLLY ANNELLE:
Elevator Music has been out for over a year now – looking back, how has your perspective of the album changed?
Elevator Music was such a huge part of my life for three years. I spent so long on all of those songs while dealing with the complications and tribulations of high school. Looking back on the album now, it’s almost like reading a diary. It makes me wanna go “awwwww”. I do listen to it from time to time and just soak up all the teenage drama but also the hard work I poured into it.
Who are some of your biggest influences for your songwriting?
My biggest songwriting influence is Sabrina Claudio. I freaking love her. In almost every interview, I mention her. She is such an intelligent writer! I also love Joni Mitchell and Carol King because they paved the way for so many young women with a passion for poetry and music.
With this live recording, is there something about your performance that you feel shines brighter on stage rather than in the studio?
I work really hard on my voice. I remember in the months leading up to this shoot, I trained my voice like an athlete. I had to cut out a lot of my favorite foods like cheese. My amazing vocal coach Sara Ramsey gave me so much confidence before the performance, too. I think being able to sound good live is crucial to any performer, anyone can sound good in a studio, but sounding good live is very impressive. I want to be someone who is remembered as a SINGER singer. You know?
You’ve been writing and performing for virtually your entire life; growing up, did you always have your sights set on being a pop star?
There was never any other option! Both of my parents are musical. My dad is in a band so watching him onstage, growing up, had a lot of influence on me.
For those who are not familiar with your music, how would you describe it in 3 words?
Catchy, Different, Intriguing.
Speaking of ‘An Evening With Molly Anelle’, what does an ideal evening look like for you?
Great question! It depends on my mood. Sometimes it looks like lots and lots of pasta with cheese sitting in my bed watching cartoons. Maybe I have a facemask on or something. Other nights it looks like going out with my friends and dancing until my feet literally snap off!