I'll conserve my words and avoid giving the full spiel, but Molly Mahoney is more than a client to me. She's the answer to vocal jazz's future, the logical next step from Nicole Henry and Madeleine Peyroux. The crossover artist with a classical voice is releasing a tribute album of sorts, but it's a bit different—it's a tribute to a cousin, Cole Porter.
Molly grew up in a world she credits for taking her as far as she's gone. She began performing with a traveling big band at age ten and hasn't stopped performing since (save for that whole uncomfortable year before the vaccine). Her parents encouraged a love of so many things: their land and animals, science and learning, and so much music. They facilitated getting her into that first band.
Molly, who has landed firmly in Alameda after a bucolic formative life on midwestern and upstate New York farms, will be returning to her alma mater in Chico for a release performance on June 24. The album will be out on Porter's birthday, June 9. When a few of the singles release on Spotify later in May, she'll be doing a virtual listen- along. I will follow up with the date.
She's planning a small tour and a couple release events. I will follow up with all the details once they are finalized. For now, I hope you'll check out her press release and consider writing her up.
Molly Mary Mahoney is one of the most talented classical and opera singers in the West Coast. The vintage-style
singing from the mezzo-soprano takes one back to the times of Judy Garland and Rosemary Clooney.
Molly is recreating and retouching Porter's compositions for the twenty-first century, and putting all of herself into
getting it right. Her pianist and arranger, Joshua Hegg, elaborates, "The compositions themselves are rife with
Reimagining the character of Cole Porter’s music became Molly Mary Mahoney’s musical goal in 2022