Molly Sterling (20) a young Dublin-based singer-songwriter has been creating music for as long as she can remember. A wordsmith and songwriter by nature, her music is moulded by dark and affective lyrics, wrapped up in grounding piano riffs, and a vocal that is overflowing with exposed emotion - delivering every note and syllable with precise detail, giving the listener the feeling that it has been honed from somewhere buried and unfathomable.
Although still quite young, she has achieved much, with 2017/2018 being her most ambitious year. She released her debut single ‘Plain Static’ in October 2017 to rave reviews, that was recorded and mixed by Darragh Nolan in Asta Kalapa Studios, and saw the likes of GoldenPlec quoting "Plain Static bodes extremely well for Sterling's development as an artist going forwards’ and Nialler9 naming it as one of the "10 new songs from Ireland you should hear". ‘Plain Static’ which is currently nearing 100k streams has also featured on popular Spotify playlists such as New Music Friday UK, UK Top 50, A Breath of Fresh Eire and named as one of Nialler9’s ’75 Best Irish Songs of 2017’.
This release marked the beginning of her noticeable steps into the Irish music scene, and gained her worthy inclusion in the likes of noteworthy events such as Hard Working Class Heroes 2017, Other Voices (Dingle), Output Festival (Belfast), and Whelans Ones to Watch (Dublin).
Since then Molly Sterling’s ‘Plain Static’ has reached shores far and wide, even featuring on the popular American podcast ‘Guys We F****d’ on February 8th 2017, and has received radio play on 98fm, BBC Radio 6, Newstalk and 2FM.
Film fans may have spotted Molly’s recognisable vocal and piano combination in the movie soundtrack of ‘Twice Shy’ – a coming of age, independent Irish film that premiered in 2016, featuring a track that Molly was commissioned to write titled ‘Waterfall of Lava’. Such other artists that featured on this soundtrack included the likes of Gavin James, Ash and The Corrs. At this time she was named as a ‘one to watch as one country's most exciting young artists’.
Fast forward to 2018 and you will have spotted Molly Sterling appearing at a plethora of Irish music festivals including Forbidden Fruit, Sea Sessions, Vantastival, and later this year at Castlepalooza, Indiependence, Dublin Quays Festival and The Folly, with even more still to be announced, showing an artist progressing quickly from strength to strength.
Her second single ‘Stripped Down’ was released 1st August 2018, another gripping and heavy personal track that was produced and mixed by Ryan Vail and recorded by Caolan Austin in Small Town America Studio, Derry.
Molly Sterling’s songwriting gives a clear sense of who she is. Along with her full band that now includes cello, drums and guitar, Sterling’s early releases are just the first hint of what this artist can do.
Ed Smith TodayFm - "Nothing short of heart-stopping."
Nialler9 - "One of the most poignant songwriters in the country."
Hot Press Magazine - "Sterling feels every note she sings. Her impressive vocal ability sends shivers down the spines of the crowd, creating an atmosphere that feels so personal and yet so unified."
Nialler9 - "Sterling’s songcraft is superb, championing a sound that is brooding and apocalyptic."
The Last Mixed Tape - "[Plain Static] establishes the songwriter as a definite one to watch."
Remy Music Blog - "Few singles will leave as powerful and long-lasting an impression on listeners this year."