Hello Molly! It is a pleasure to have you on the team at JBVC! Tell us a little about yourself!
I am a singer, songwriter, and educator based out of Nashville, TN. I teach voice both privately and at the National Praise and Worship Institute of Trevecca University. Before moving to Nashville, I worked in Los Angeles as a professional singer for 10 years. I was blessed to work both on stage and in the studio with award-winning artists and some of the best musicians in the world.
When I am not teaching or performing you will find me hanging out with my two fluffy white cats named Linus and Lucille. I often joke that I should own stock in Scotch due to the amount of lint rollers I go through 🙂
Awesome! Well let’s play a fun little game of 10 Questions! Go!
- If you could sound like any 3 singers in the world, who would they be? Ella Fitzgerald, Celine Dion, Idina Menzel.
- What was the first song you ever performed on stage? Oh boy! That’s a great question. I couldn’t tell you. I grew up singing in church ensembles and choirs. I also sang in talent shows and choirs throughout middle and high school. If there was an opportunity to sing, I was there!
- What would you say is your greatest accomplishment as a singer? Honestly, my greatest accomplishment was my ability to not give up. I never let defeat overcome me. I never allowed situations or people to intimate me. My mother always taught me to learn from my defeats too. She taught me to be humble and to always show support of others around me, even if I felt someone was my competition. I’ve been fortunate to make a living doing what I love, and I owe a lot of that to the fact that I have kept a healthy attitude about it all. I have been open to opportunities that have been outside my comfort zone and what I had originally envisioned for myself. Life starts outside your comfort zone and I have learned to embrace that.
- What is your favorite 90’s artist/band? I’m a huge fan of 90’s country! Anything Dixie Chicks, JoDee Messina, Faith Hill, Martina McBride…. Girl Power!!
- How did you become a vocal coach? I was an artist and session vocalist in LA at the time and was approached by Musicians Institute in Hollywood to teach voice. As a young artist, it was quite an honor to be approached by such a prestigious school and an opportunity I could not turn down. I ended up working there for 3.5 years and every day there was amazing! While I was on staff I was able to utilize my years of being on stage and in-studio to help inspire and educate other singers from all over the world.
- What has been your most rewarding experience with a client? My most rewarding experience is always when the light bulb comes on! Often times clients can come in feeling defeated or discouraged about their vocal abilities. After spending time together and exploring ways to enhance their voice, I get to witness the pure joy and excitement in their eyes as things begin to click. They realize they can do something they didn’t think was possible and that makes my heart so happy!
- If you could play any instrument perfectly, what would it be? I have always been mesmerized by great pianists. Let’s be real…I can “get by” on the piano, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about real piano playing- the kind where their hands are going mile a minute up and down the keys! That blows my mind as it takes such skill and discipline to play at that level.
- Do you have any other passions outside of music? Yes I do! One of my spiritual gifts is the gift of encouragement. I have a passion for inspiring and uplifting others. One day I’d like to step into motivational speaking and use my life experiences to help others.
- What is your go-to song for karaoke? I have not sang karaoke in years! I think it depends on what kind of audience I’m singing for. I would probably have to say: I’m Your Baby Tonight by Whitney Houston, Lights by Journey, or The Trouble With Love Is by Kelly Clarkson.
- What’s the most interesting thing you’ve gotten to do as a vocal coach? I had an opportunity to partner with Universal Music and M1 in Eastern Europe to serve as a judge on their televised version of, “American Idol,” called, “American Chance.” It was an amazing experience getting to work with the network, the producers and talent.