Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly P.
Hi Molly, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Dating back to the ten-year-old me in the church choir at my family church I’ve loved the art of words and music. I’ve always been a singer from the time I was three singing in the backseat to the radio.
My father being OMAZE had a huge impact on my creative drive. When COVID hit I decided to start taking my art seriously. My painting, poetry, my songwriting, and singing all began to click for me.
I went through a rough relationship and that was all the spark I needed. My art thrives off of pain, love, and happiness, being human is what fuels my art.
I fell in love with music all over again when I recognized my capabilities, when I realized this was another area Goddess gave me talent and favor, and most importantly the ability to create nothing out of something I jumped on it. I paused my educational process at Harris-Stowe State University to pursue my passion and I’ve been on the ground running ever since.
My painting that came to fruition out of a long-needed lesson on control and surrender, was selected for one of the hottest Black Art Shows, Art Mimosas and Pancakes, just a month after creating it and I’m working with some of the top producers in the country. My story is not a simple one. Not nearly as simple as it sounds.
Coming from a family where you’re always pushed to be “practical” or a one-trick pony, choosing my art over the school was not a light decision. I’ve had to surpass plenty of opinions from the people I love the most. Goddesses and my ancestors constantly reassure me that my purpose is greater than the validation others want me to seek.
My goal with all of my art is to be the healer I was called to be, I want to give anyone who feels alone the chance to know that they are not. Whether it be through my music, my visuals, or my poems, however, I can touch their soul s I’m trying to, and I am simply by putting my life out there for people to know I’ve lived it.
It has not been a completely lonely road either, support from my mother and sisters, my best friends, my brother, and my partner, have been the raft that keeps me afloat. My father is my number one supporter and deserves all of the flowers, so when they give me mine ill make sure to pass them to him.
He works 6-7 days a week truck driving state to state to provide me with any form of support I need. He believes in me and my dreams even on days I forget how to and I couldn’t have asked for more. I wouldn’t change any part of what I’ve been through because it’s made me who I am and shown me who I want to be.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Struggling in school was my biggest issue. I always wanted to be a full-time artist and create. I feel like those of us that do have the power to create something out of nothing have a little more favor from the creator.
School used to be so easy for me but when you get to decide what you really want your life to look like, fighting against that for someone else’s dream for you is draining, and ultimately you half-ass it, and that’s what I was doing.
Giving less than required and my family was 0 % pleased but I was so sure of my gifts and talents I said f*ck the unnecessary stress, this is my life and I choose myself. So I put down the textbook and picked up my songbook.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I’m the true definition of an artist.
I believe in trying it all, but I’m primarily a writer (song and poetry) and a painter. I’m heavily known as Molly The Poet, that was the first way I established myself. Ask your favorite I’m sure we know each other. I’m currently about to make my singing debut this summer!
It is exciting to be on the lookout. I am most proud of my growth as an artist, I used to be so scared to put myself out there in such vulnerable ways, cause I mean who wouldn’t be, but I had to grow into my talent and learn my gifts and I’m still learning.
I dropped the “Poet” in my original stage name and just became Molly P. & they always ask me what the “ P. “ stands for and I say it’s for whatever I want it to that day because I am thee Jill of all trades.
The main thing that sets me apart from other artists and creatives is the fact that I’m so close to them and I’m not afraid to openly acknowledge it. I’m not afraid to advocate for our processes and needs as artists, the desires we all have to be respected, loved, and seen. I feel all of that and I love that.
That’s why I have so much love for not just art but the art community, the arrogant people, the unsure ones, the humble, and the ones born with it, they are all deserving to be whoever they want to be because they have a story too, and it matters!
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Being grounded in who I am. I know when I tap into certain moments to invoke emotion I have to remind myself I’m not there anymore and that I’m better.
That’s an important thing to have in your front pocket and not the back one (you got to be able to see it so keep it in the front).
When you blow up or you get your moment of fame you want to be able to show people who you are, because they already think they know, it’s important to be grounded in principle whatever your path in life is, it keeps you true to yourself and focused on your goals.
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@sm8llfry and Issac Cole