Having grown up in the same household as two music teachers and performers Molly Contogeorge is the fourth generation to have been influenced by songwriting performing and composing and it is the influence of the previous three generations that has nudged her in the direction of music. Molly wrote and recorded her first song at age 10 and has been recording and performing consistently ever since.
In 2008 Molly made the journey to Austin (TX) for SXSW and recorded her debut EP both at Electric Avenue Studios in Sydney (other clients include Kanye West the Vines) and in Byron Bay. This year also saw her as a junior top 4 finalist in Australia’s prestigious National Youth week ‘Rock it’ competition as well as a finalist in the National Songwriting competition. Molly also found finalist success in Australia’s leading competition for independent artists Musicoz. Along with these achievements Molly spent much of ‘08 performing in venues around Sydney (The Basement the Vanguard The Supper Club etc) to begin promoting her EP “Cause and Effect”.
Molly has been back to Austin (TX) to play unofficial shows during SXSW 2009 (Shiner’s). From there she travelled on to New York where she played several solo shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn (Googie’s The Living Room lounge The Bitter end.) From New York to London Molly caught the eye of London based publishing company District 6 (who’ve worked with Jamie Cullum Amy Winehouse and Lionel Ritchie) and gained interest from both EMI Australia and Sony BMG.
Throughout 2009 Molly continued to perform around Sydney and was added to the acoustic lineup at the Conception Day music festival at Macquarie University (headline acts were Wolfmother Bluejuice and Yves Klein Blue.) She was added to the KIAC (global indie radio) hit list and is currently receiving light rotation in Melbourne (Joy 94.9). Molly’s track “Sometimes” was chosen for use during November’s (2009) YouTHINK webcast presented by Myf Warhurst (of Spicks and specks and Triple M Radio.) In January 2010 Molly reached as high as 18 on Triple J’s UNEARTHED pop charts and contributed two tracks to an indie film “Sweet talk” which is looking to be short listed for Sydney’s Tropfest film festival.
Molly is currently in pre-production for her second EP and plans to further extend her live performance reach in Sydney and NSW. During July 2010 Molly will embark upon her first official tour “The Sometimes Tour” through regional NSW and Victoria with Brisbane and Queensland tours to follow.
In February 2010 Molly was invited to perform at the “Romerías de Mayo Festival” Youth Arts Festival in Holguin Cuba during May 2011.
Molly’s music is nate pop laced with undertones of jazz and soul. Her voice is crystal clear with a maturity that belies her young 19 years. She’s inspired by such artists as Dusty Springfield Blossom Dearie Tom Waits Sarah Vaughn Cilla Black and The Beatles but influenced most particularly by Jamie Cullum and John Legend.
“Local singer/songwriter Molly Contogeorge has just finished high school and at just 17 Molly’s gorgeous native pop has won her quite a bit of notice already…” - Liam Casey (Young Restless Feb 2008)
“Her name’s Molly the leading lady of pop...” - The Drum Media (Sydney’s largest music publication Dec 2009)
“Her songs are engaging ground breaking and seriously attention grabbing...” - T.D Foxtel music channel 2009)
“Molly Contogeorge is doing things with her melodies and voice that other young singers are not doing. She’s experimenting and in the process is coming up with a sound that is joyous. I’m reminded of Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell…” - Bernie Lynch (Eurogliders 2009)
“Here it is again a female artist shining through with the art of writing soulful lyrics. Molly classes her music as nate pop but let me tell you there is a beautiful touch of jazz and a whole lotta soul in her music. This Sydney based performer (at only 19) will surely take her genre into the mainstream in the future.” - Shane Cook (Street sessions with Shane Cook 2009)