Canada’s rich musical history continues with 17-year-old singer/songwriter Molly Annelle. Thanks to a distinctive flair for bending language to fit her melody, the young musician is ready to take the world by storm — combining the essence of R&B, Yé Yé girl pop, bossa nova and more — resulting in a tone all her own.
“I like to describe my sound as dreamy R&B music, with a little bit of an edge to it,” she explained, adding world music has always played a pivotal role in her growth as a musician, resulting in the subtle samba sounds peppering her latest album, Elevator Music. “The instruments and very specific rhythm of Brazilian music really inspire me.”
Molly’s journey is one that began at the tender age of five, when the Vancouver-based songstress penned her very first song — the uncannily entitled Obscure Bird. Four years later, she was named Young Composer of the Year, writing four-part harmonies for the Vancouver Chamber Choir at just nine-years-old.
Encouraged by family and teachers alike, the young musician found her voice in the kind of honest lyricism and devoted storytelling which has continued to set her apart — writing for not only herself but others and releasing a slew of tracks to a thankful and devoted following. In 2018, Molly unveiled her most recent EP Pick Me Ups, a chillwave and electronic/dream pop offering, which she also produced.
Taking on a behind the scenes role was important to the young artist, who can’t help but relish the chance to have a hand in every part of her personal musical journey. “It’s everything to me to be part of the entire project, I feel so much more fulfilled when I’ve done everything I can do,” she said. “Collaborating and really creating something amazing is such a fun and satisfying process.”
It was the kind of drive and ambition that happened to catch the attention of 604 Records’ Jonathan Simkin, resulting in Molly’s label debut, Winter Waves, a Christmas anthem which garnered over 140,000 streams on Spotify alone.
Closing out the year in a big way, Molly is set to release a pair of brand-new tracks, paving the way for, Elevator Music, due out in early 2021.
The first, All In, speaks to her very first heartbreak, while the follow up Never Better, takes a look at the kind of empowerment that can only come from facing things head-on, and finding a headspace where you feel better than you’ve ever felt before.
Both songs come from a deeply personal place — a common thread across the artist’s songwriting history. But no matter the narrative, Molly maintains she hopes listeners can relate to her music in their own way and make it their own — regardless of her inspiration.
“At the end of the day, no matter who writes the songs, that music doesn’t really belong to anyone — and everyone has their own world they create for themselves,” she said. “I think it’s important for listeners to create their own interpretation and delve into their own memories. I would never want to limit any associations that people want to have. That’s what’s so great about music, it speaks to us all.” Follow her on social media: