Molly Venter inherited her father’s nomadic tendencies along with her mother’s love of music. Summertime, aboard the small sailboat “Wanderer,” her mother taught both Molly and her brother to play guitar and sing harmony. After graduating Williams College in Massachusetts, Venter moved around from Idaho to Mexico before landing in Austin, Texas. She released 4 solo albums and spent years crisscrossing the country as a solo artist before joining Red Molly.
Venter’s calling card is her powerful, nuanced voice, swinging from a silky whisper to a bluesy shout in a single breath. American Songwriter magazine writes “Few singers turn first time listeners into eternal fanatics as effortlessly as Molly Venter.” In 2008 she released “Love Me Like You Mean It” – which was picked up by Barnes & Noble distribution and also got the attention of Warner Brothers executives who placed her music in the movie “Impact”.
Her knack for shedding lyrical light on emotional darkness has earned her placements at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest & Kerrville Folks Fest songwriting competitions. Her songs have also been used in indie films as well as marketing campaigns by Jeep and Apple. Solitary touring life had begun to wear on Venter when, fortuitously, Abbie and Laurie of Red Molly reached out and invited her to audition for the group. In joining Red Molly, Molly gained two terrific musical collaborators as well as the liveliest touring sisterhood a girl could ask for!
Venter’s latest project, Goodnight Moonshine – a duo album with singer-basist-guitarist Eben Pariser of Brooklyn quartet Roosevelt Dime – recently landed at #12 on the Folk Charts and was the Recommended Hot Pick for Euro-Americana charts. Having spent the last two years in Brooklyn in order to be closer to Red Molly bandmates, Venter now resides in her home town New Haven, Connecticut.