Hailing from Northern California, Molly Kruse is a Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter. At its heart, Molly’s sound is a blend of poppy, sweet soul with a rootsy, Americana twist and a dash of jazz and classic rock. What is most noticeable in her songs is her voice, a powerful amalgam of musical influences and shining medium for weaving intricate harmonic and melodic vocal lines.
In addition to her vocal prowess, Molly’s writing showcases the depth of her life experience and inner emotional life. Growing up, Molly was a visceral and prolific writer, creating short novels and stories for family and friends. She parlays this penchant for storytelling into poetic, incisive lyricism. She commonly writes on themes of love (lost and found), family, friendship, pain, and the shared ironies of intimate relationships.
Upon moving down South, Molly met renown orchestrator, film composer, and studio pianist, Randy Kerber, with whom she began writing songs in 2014. Kruse, who couldn't play an instrument at the time, would write late into the night and use only her voice as pen and paper. She would come into the studio with Randy in the following days, and Kerber would help to flesh out the already full-bodied songs. Her working relationship with Kerber led to a meeting with Glen Ballard - illustrious producer for Alanis Morisette, Katy Perry, and Aerosmith and winner of six Grammy awards - who became a mentor and early champion of her work.
After writing countless more songs and learning to play the guitar, Molly began recording her debut EP in February 2016. She chose Brandon Eugene Owens, former bassist and musical director for Lauryn Hill and producer for Kendrick Lamar, Fergie, and Lana Del Rey, as her producer, who helped to further shape the already stellar songs. Kruse then hired a variety of famous studio and touring musicians to record the album: the roster includes Jan Ozveren (Shakira, Charlie Puth), Rod Castro (Hans Zimmer, Raphael Saadiq), Benji Lysaght (Beck, Father John Misty), and Lemar Guillary (Outkast, Jennifer Hudson), among many others. The album was recorded at Heritage Recording Co., the vintage, boutique studio in Burbank, while Scott Campbell mixed and engineered the record and Pete Lyman of Infrasonic Sound provided mastering services.
Although her family is non-artistic, Molly’s youth was immersed in the rich, musical mecca that is the San Francisco Bay Area. With a culture so chock-full of diverse musicality, her own tastes and talents were born of this intense melting pot. Her grandfather was a cowboy at heart, who she credits with her introduction to and love of country music. Her father is an overall music fanatic, engendering in her a deep love for all styles at a young age, and her mother is a beautiful singer herself, encouraging her to begin her vocal lessons at 12 years old. Molly worked tirelessly on her voice, competing in national vocal competitions and performing lead roles in school musicals.
Kruse performs regularly at locales across the US. Her EP will be available come early 2018 on iTunes and various streaming platforms, as well as on vinyl and CD.
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