Molly Thomas doesn’t shy away from expressing who she is in her music.
Never trying to emulate anyone with her sound, but always mindful of the
influence that her experiences bring, she has constantly continued to craft her
skills. She has now poured them into a stunning showcase, in the form of her
latest effort, "Make Everything Bright."

The road to "Make Everything Bright" started when she began playing violin
as a child in Mississippi and has taken her around the world sharing the stage
with names like Todd Snider, Will Hoge, Matthew Ryan, Mando Saenz, Amelia White, Will
Kimbrough
, Tommy Womack and K.S. Rhodes. Each mile prepping her for
making the type of music that begs to be written. Her desire to share her
stories and evoke emotion from others is where her talent and heart shines
brightest.

“Make Everything Bright”, co-produced by Marco Giovino (drummer for Norah
Jones, Patty Griffin, Robert Plant) is filled with the same gritty passion that has
always permeated her music. It’s an album made of “real” and reflects on life
with an exuberant joy but certainly not through rose-colored glasses.

It is an album that cuts through the predictable female singer songwriter
stereotype and Molly is able to call it like it is and move on. In the songs, “The
Opportunist”, “35’s Got You Down”, “Leavin’ in My Blood”, “Unavailable Man”
and “You’re a Sorry One” she calls out a conniving female, tells her man to
grow up, tells someone she’s out, begs “that guy” to stop hurting women and
tells a cheater off. But these aren’t the ramblings of some prepubescent
wallowing in her misery these are the stories of a woman who sees through
the games people play without becoming bitter or victimized.

Her uncanny ability for empathy is evident in “Hey, I’ve Been There Too”
where she shares her compassion for people struggling with everyday
problems and her optimistic outlook comes shining through on “Henry John”
and “Blanket of Stars” where she looks hopefully toward the future and new
beginnings. And while Molly is a true renaissance woman who has changed
much over the years, her roots stay strong as evidenced in “The Ocean”, a
haunting melody about the healing waters of her homeland and her people.
And finally, the title track, “Make Everything Bright” sums up the entire record
with the lyrics “I hear a sad song behind a happy conversation. What a perfect
situation, I could die like this.” And just as in the song, this happy title is filled
with evocative lyrics, poignant phrases and mysterious melodies all woven
together to create her most passionate and heartfelt record yet.

Molly surrounded herself with quite the cast of musicians on this album.
Besides co-producing the record, Marco Giovino is also the pounding beat behind
the drums. Other players include Paul Ossola (Levon Helm, GE Smith), Frank
Swart
(Patty Griffin), Kylie Harris (Patty Loveless), Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin,
John Hiatt, Todd Snider), John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Shelby Lynne, Lucinda Williams),
Christopher Hoffee
(Atom Orr, The Truckee Brothers & Steve Poltz),
John Morgan Reilly
(RxGF; co-producer of "Blanket of Stars"),
Neal Pawley, Brian Ritchey and Matthew Burgess.

Molly’s music stirs up a plethora of emotions. Sometimes, tied to a sense of
loss, but if you are able to step out of this disjointed world in which we live,
you will find that there is also plenty of room for toasting, loving and laughing.
Molly’s music is a reflection of these ingredients of the human spirit and this
album provides a perfect snapshot in which to relate.

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What other artists & writers have to say about Molly...

"ive always prefered to listen to molly's records more than anybody else's in our little nervous wreck family.
they just have this witchy mysterious vibe to them that sounds so great when im cooking outside.
and with this batch of songs i really think molly has taken her art even further and opened her heart even wider.
you know its not easy to be a woman in this town or my band.
male songwriters think we know everything, i remember a particular night backstage listening to a male songwriter
giving molly a bunch of advice he probably shouldve been asking her for.....
she listened politely of course , and then she went out and let her music do the talking.
the guy had to follow her and it wasnt pretty.
with this album i feel like once again molly is proving that she lets her music do the talking.
good luck following this one fellas." ~ Todd Snider


“Molly Thomas is unfiltered ‘south.’ She is the feel and the sound of the southern United States. In an America where food chains,
homogenized broadcasting and department stores oppress the uniqueness of any time and place, Molly manages to sound untouched
and singular in her expression. She's vulnerable and stubborn while she honors the themes of loneliness, literature and that ethereal
humidity that comes with the southern perspective.” ~ Matthew Ryan
 "...She’s also a roots-pop singer-songwriter with a strong point-of-view and a way of expressing it that leaves the sharp edges on, often to exhilarating result. There are moments on her new album — Make Everything Bright, which she co-produced with Robert Plant drummer Marco Giovino — when she comes off like a southern Sam Phillips..." read more
~ Julie Hight - The Nashville Scene Critics Picks



"...As a writer, Thomas isn’t about dressing her messages up; she’s about carving down to the essence of the matter at hand...
...Thomas seems to approach writing more like a poet than a songwriter, and when she’s used enough words to get the point across, she’s done..." read more
~ Lawrence Specker - The Mobile Register



..."has carved her niche in the hyper-competitive Nashville, Tenn., music scene through talent, hard work and sheer determination..." read more
~ David Tisdale - The Hattiesburg American
 
“Molly Thomas is no little lady, bemoaning her trials and tribulations at the hands of the wrong kind of man. There's a streak of defiance a mile wide in her voice and, as a writer, she kicks where it hurts and with unerring accuracy.”
Michael Mee - The Hawick News/UKnetrhythms.com
 
"The album has a slightly gauzy sound, but it's not the production haze often used to cover up the limitations of weak vocalists. It's more the throwback resonance of projects like last year's Jack White-Loretta Lynn album."Lawrence Specker - Mobile Register
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"Thomas was most effective, raising her voice in hymn-like fashion to stun the audience into reverential silence as songs from her "Shoot the Sky" recording trippingly bounced around the interior walls of the historic building. A seemingly natural musician, Thomas, who began playing violin at age 6, can switch from piano to guitar to violin, writing and producing her compositions into a galvanizing form."
Bill Whiting - Honest Tune Magazine
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