Above: Molly at the piano, an instrument she’s studied for seven years, performing live. She plays the guitar too, and is wondering what to learn next!
Molly B. is Reaching for the Stars
By Christine Craddock, Photos Courtesy Amy Baker
Seventh grader Molly Baker’s newest song “Lemonade” features her soft voice singing “Do you know.. When you lose control. There’s always a lesson at the end of the road. Work with what you have and break the mold.” Released in August, the song is another addition to the local preteen’s age-appropriate, catchy, upbeat, and positive tunes.
When did you first realize your interest in music?
Growing up I sang and danced along to music all the time. I remember one day when I was six years old, I was looking for a hobby. I had tried playing soccer, but I didn’t enjoy it. My dad suggested learning to play the piano and I decided to give it a try. I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but I immediately fell in love with it! I had three years of piano experience when I started to record my own songs. Now I’ve been playing piano for almost seven years, recording songs for three years, and playing guitar for two years.
What specifically do you love about music?
When I was younger, I was very shy. Music was a way to express my creativity, and it’s another way of telling people how I am feeling. I love how music gets to show people all of my different emotions and tell my stories.
How do you get inspired to write songs?
I’m actually still working on songwriting. My two albums were mostly written by my dad based on experiences I was having. I helped him with the lyrics, and the father of one of my best friends helped with putting everything to music. My dad has taught me a lot about songwriting, and I’ve taken a few classes to learn more about the process. My latest singles were written by Anna Maze who works with my producer, Mark Henry. I love how current and upbeat her songs are. I have actually started writing an original song and I’m working on finishing it. Songwriting is very challenging but I’m excited by it.
What are your dreams for the future?
I’ve been fortunate to continue my piano and guitar lessons virtually which has helped me realize how much I enjoy making music. Some of my dreams for the future include writing my own songs, releasing more music, working with new people in the music industry, and learning how to play a new instrument. I recently got a drum kit and I am excited to experiment with that! One of my biggest dreams is to be able to create a whole song on my own, meaning I would write it, sing it, and play all of the instruments for it. That would be an amazing accomplishment! I’m also hoping to build a following and have more people join my YouTube channel and instagram account. Who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be signed to a record label!
What do you hope people feel when they listen to your songs?
Personally, I listen to different types of music depending on my mood. Music can make me feel a certain way. For example, I like faster songs to pump me up or when I am feeling happy or excited. I like slower songs when I want to relax or just feel calm. My hope is that other people will feel this same way when they listen to my songs. My lyrics all have messages that I hope people can connect with in some way. My latest song called Lemonade is about looking for the positives in things even if that’s not always easy.
What artists influence you?
Growing up, I’ve been exposed to a lot of different genres of music. I think my main influencers are female artists who write, play, and sing their own songs. As I said earlier, that is a goal that I have for myself one day, and it’s much harder than it looks! Some specific artists that have influenced me are Kacey Musgraves, Brynn Elliott, Taylor Swift, and Selena Gomez. As you can tell, my favorite genre is pop!