About the artist…
Born in Jonesboro, GA to a family of 9 children that had little exposure to music apartfrom a church hymnal, Molly Parden’s career in music is something of a mystery -something that happened to her more than was ever anything she set out for. Whennone of her siblings took a particular interest in music at a young age, Molly inherited aviolin built by her great uncle when she was 8 years old - discovering her lifelong lovefor music through the haunting simplicity of melodies long before she ever heard popmusic, picked up a guitar, or started singing songs of her own.
Molly moved to Atlanta in 2010 to immerse herself in the folk scene that Tyler Lyle,David Berkeley and Micah Dalton had been cultivating. While participating and featuringin ATL Collectives over the years, a record of 9 songs was compiled and released inApril 2011 with the help of producer Joel Seibel and his immensely talented roommateswho happened to all be studying music at Georgia State University. “Time Is Medicine”is her debut that has stood the test of time, the songs can still be heard at any of Molly’slive shows. A transplant to Nashville in the spring of 2013 helped her discover she couldpay her bills as a singer, providing her memorable and uniquely captivating harmonyvocals on over 50 records in just a few years. Though she rarely performed her ownsongs live, her increasing number of fans and champions - everyone from her mom toher fellow songwriters in Nashville’s vibrant underground - encouraged her to makeanother record of her own.
“With Me in the Summer” is Molly’s 2016 EP that again showcases her voice that is ashaunting as it is comforting, beautifully raw and yet effortlessly just out of reach - adisarming union of aloofness and intimacy that runs throughout her songs, lulling thelistener with its cadence of melancholic melodies and searching phrases that whir inyour head long after her songs have gone silent.
But for all its unapproachable beauty, the heart of Molly’s music is humble andprofoundly human. They are songs that remind us that heartbreak isn’t simply anothermarketable human emotion, but is more like a familiar place - a sacred space within allof us. We are all born with a deep sense of loss, and great art has a way of articulatingthe personal tragedy inside of us. It makes listening to Molly’s songs feel like falling intoa dream or a distant memory - a beautiful reminder of something we’ve known all along.-James McFetridge Wilson