Molly Ladd hails from a big family in a small town in rural Maine, where television channels were nonexistent and gardening was a way of life, not a hobby. Her family obtained an old, clunky, upright piano when she was about 4, and music has been a part of her life ever since. After years of classical training on piano, Molly began experimenting with other instruments, and has since picked up guitar and ukulele. She can also be found pretending to know what she’s doing on fiddle and experimenting with “modern technology,” such as synthesizers.

Prior to becoming a solo artist, Molly and two of her sisters performed bluegrass and folk music as The Ladd Sisters, mixing sweet three-part harmonies with simple instrumentation for a uniquely modern take on well-loved, traditional songs. In 2014, she began writing her own music and performing at open mics around her current hometown of Portland, Maine. Hauntingly beautiful vocals are her signature sound, with emotionally evocative lyrics full of sorrow, hope, and reflection.

When not playing music, you can often find Molly knitting, writing, hunting for swimming holes, and trying to convince kids that reading is cool.