Nashville, TN-based neo-folk singer/songwriter Molly Parden recently shared her new single "Sail On The Water" at American Songwriter, who called the track "ethereal." The in-demand Americana vocalist is currently touring the U.S. supporting and performing alongside David Ramirez and will remain on the road for the remainder of 2017.
Born in Jonesboro, GA to a family of 9 children that had little exposure to music apart from a church hymnal, Molly Parden’s career in music is something of a mystery—something that happened to her more than it was ever anything she set out for. When none of her siblings took a particular interest in music at a young age, Molly inherited a violin built by her great uncle when she was 8 years old— discovering her lifelong love for music through the haunting simplicity of melodies long before she ever heard pop music, picked up a guitar, or started singing songs of her own.
Molly moved to Nashville in the spring of 2013 and soon discovered she could pay her bills as a singer, providing her memorable and uniquely captivating harmony vocals on over 50 records in just a few years. Though she rarely performed her own songs live, her increasing number of fans and champions—everyone from her mom to Ryan Adams to her fellow songwriters in Nashville’s vibrant underground— encouraged her to finally make a record of her own.
What resulted is a voice that is as haunting as it is comforting, beautifully raw and yet effortlessly just out of reach— a disarming union of aloofness and intimacy that runs throughout her songs, lulling the listener with its cadence of melancholic melodies and searching phrases that whirr in your head long after her songs have gone silent.
But for all its unapproachable beauty, the heart of Molly’s music is humble and profoundly human. They are songs that remind us that heartbreak isn’t simply another marketable human emotion, but is more like a familiar place—a sacred space within all of us. We are all born with a deep sense of loss, and great art has a way of articulating the personal tragedy we’re all born to. It makes listening to Molly’s songs feel like falling into a dream or a distant memory— a beautiful reminder of something we’ve known all along.
Molly Parden Upcoming Tour Dates
11/4 - Bellingham, WA - Green Frog
11/5 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
11/7 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
11/8 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater
11/9 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
11/29 - St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room
11/30 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
12/1 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th St. Entry
12/2 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
12/5 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
12/6 - Asheville, NC - Isis Music Hall
12/7 - Chattanooga, TN - The Camp House
12/8 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
12/9 - Atlanta, GA - The EARL
12/10 - Dothan, AL - The Plant
12/12 - Orlando, FL - The Social
12/13 - Tampa, FL - The Crowbar
12/14 - Jacksonville, FL - Jack Rabbits
12/15 - Tallahassee, FL - The Wilbury
12/16 - Birmingham, AL - The Saturn