AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MOLLY BURCH

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Photo: Dailey Toliver

Austin-based chanteuse Molly Burch, with her smokey, come hither vocal style, splashed against a backdrop of vintage reverb and every-girl lyrics, can best be described in one word—timeless. “I’ve been singing my whole life,” she says in her quiet, breathy voice. “I started listening to jazz at an early age, and went to school for jazz. That’s just what comes out when I sing, so I write for my voice.”

Though Burch grew up in Southern California with a casting director mother and a writer/producer father, she seems utterly unaffected. “My parents were very supportive of creativity, but we weren’t exposed to typical Hollywood kinds of things, they sheltered us from all of that,” she recalls. After graduating with a jazz vocal performance degree from the University of North Carolina—Asheville, the singer decided it was time to spread her wings. “I was living in Asheville, and after I graduated, it felt really small. I wanted to move to a new place, so I chose Austin,” she explains. “It was totally new, I’d never really been here before, I was drawn to the music scene, and moving by myself inspired me to write a lot. I didn’t know anyone here, so I had a lot of time to focus on music.”

After her relocation, she was inspired to write in the midst of acclimation to her new hometown and a breakup. “There are some slow, lovesick ballads were written when I was going through the breakup. We got back together, and I began to get used to it here, which is reflected in the more upbeat songs. The theme is love,” she laughs of the songs on her new album, Please Be Mine, set for release February 17th via Captured Tracks. “I look at this album as a period of growth and exercising my independence. I’m really proud of it.” Burch recorded Please Be Mine live in a whiplash-inducing two-day period. “I’ve been told that’s fast,” she says with a laugh. “I like to get things done.”

After the album’s release, Burch will play SXSW, and hit the road supporting Tim Darcy in March, and Sallie Ford in April. “I’ve never toured my own music,” she reveals. “I’ve also never been to Nashville before, and I’ll get to on this tour. I’m so excited! We’ve played in Austin os much,” she continues. “I’m so ready to get out there and play the songs for new audiences.”

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