Stylish and sultry, Molly Burch has one of the most interesting voices to appear on the music scene since Norah Jones.
Burch, based in Austin, Texas, has released two albums to date— Please Be Mine (2017) and First Flower (2018). She is played in Starbucks cafes across the United States and is widely available on streaming services such as Spotify. You can listen to her songs, watch videos, and find her tour dates at MollyBurchMusic.com.
Burch, 27, was born in California and has spent her entire life connected to the entertainment industry. “I really loved growing up in L.A.,” she said. “My parents are both in the movie business and I have a lot of positive memories of living there. I went to an all-girls high school and I was kind of like a shy kid.”
From an early age she was attracted to music, photography and the visual arts. She liked to sing and as a teenager learned to play the ukulele. Her sister and parents were amazed by her singing talent and urged her to keep developing it. She enjoyed listening to female vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Nina Simone, and yet from a young age had an alluring and original sound of her own.
In 2012 she enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Asheville to study Jazz Vocal Performance. “It was a really special time,” she said. “I slowly became more comfortable performing and that’s where I met Dailey Toliver, who’s my lead guitarist.”
But even a beautiful voice is not always easy to turn into a paycheck, and like so many singer-songwriters before her, she set out to create a career from scratch. “I felt super lost but I had this drive to pursue music,” she said. “I moved to Austin by myself and I started writing music and just pushed myself to play and meet other people and record songs. Since arriving here I’ve been really driven to make music my life.”
With Toliver she recorded her debut album Please Be Mine at a studio in Dripping Springs, Texas. She managed to complete all the songs, overdubs and back-up vocals in less than 2 days.
The album attracted interest in among professional musicians and she was invited to tour the U.S. during the summer and fall of 2017 with several other bands. “Those first tours were support tours,” said Burch. “It was a really good experience to see how touring worked and not have the pressure of headlining.” She played on both the east and west coasts before traveling to the U.K. and Europe.
After touring for a year she returned to Austin, throughly exhausted and thoroughly elated. She did not attempt to compose any new songs while on the road so after a rest she turned her attention to producing a second full-length album. Sometimes she begins compositions while playing the guitar, other times on the keyboard. ”The anticipation of writing new music makes me really anxious and I tend to procrastinate, but then once I do it, I feel a lot better,” said Burch. “Sometimes the sound and the lyrics just pop out and other times it is more gradual and I have to really work at it.”
In October of 2018 she set out for a shorter two-month tour, this time as the headline show. Most of her fans are young women, though in Europe she notices quite a few males in the audience. Her 2019 tour will include stops in the American midwest as well as Lisboa, Portugal and Madrid, Spain. Florida is also on her radar.
“Touring can be hard at times, but it’s just really fun once you’re on stage and playing and you can forget about all the stressful things in life,” said Burch. “I didn’t think I would ever be singing in front of live audiences or releasing albums, so yeah – it’s really cool.”