Molly Magdalain
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Molly Magdalain

New York City, New York, United States | SELF

New York City, New York, United States | SELF
Band Alternative Singer/Songwriter


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"Molly Magdalain’s “The Open Road” Named February “Best Song Of The Month”"

Molly Magdalain, a talented, acoustic pop-rock singer/songwriter based in New York, NY, has won the SongwriterUniverse “Best Song Of The Month” Contest for February, for her song “The Open Road”. This song is the title cut of her new 11-song CD The Open Road, which she released independently last month (January 2007).

“The Open Road” is a graceful, acoustic song, which has a very articulate, thoughtful lyric theme. The song also has an appealing melody which gently soars in the chorus, providing an emotional lift. “The Open Road” is also a good showcase for Magdalain’s expressive lead and harmony vocals, plus her piano and guitar playing. And another highlight of this recording is the mandolin playing by Justin Kaufmann.
Magdalain was born and raised in Kansas City, KS, where she learned to play piano and guitar at an early age. Interestingly, she also has an extensive background as an opera singer. Magdalain has some notable relatives in the music field – her second cousin is Katrina Leskanich of Katrina & The Waves (“Walking On Sunshine”), and she has cousins who are prominent Celtic musicians. And growing up, she was influenced by such artists as Sinead O’Connor, Tori Amos and Joni Mitchell.

During high school and college (she attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs), Magdalain had primarily concentrated on her classical music training and performances. But after graduating from college, she focused on establishing herself as a pop singer/songwriter. She lived in Nashville for three years to develop her music career, and then in 2004 she moved to Manhattan. In addition to her music projects, Magdalain is an entrepreneur who has opened a successful jewelry store in Soho, called StarStrings. The unique jewelry she creates is made from guitars strings that she obtains from musicians – she has made jewelry for Alanis Morissette, Sheryl Crow and The Edge from U2.
Over the past four years, Magadalain wrote and recorded the songs for her debut CD, The Open Road. She produced the album herself, with help on a couple cuts from co-producers. Her song “The Open Road” was inspired by her traveling experiences during her college period. “I would take road trips out to California, from Colorado,” she explained. “I took this trip during a college break, and it was incredible – it changed me. ‘The Open Road’ is a song about how you can find yourself, when you’re on your own and traveling with strangers.”

Now with the recent release of her CD, Magdalain is looking forward to promoting her album, and touring. She has filmed a video for her song “Why (What Do You Think)”. Also, she will be playing gigs in New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Nashville and other cities. Magdalain would also like to license her songs for films and TV shows.
- By Dale Kawashima for Songwriter Universe Magazine

"Five Stars!!! Excellent female adult rock/modern folk CD. Pick up a copy today!"

"The Open Road" is an impressive adult rock/modern folk CD that highlights Molly's excellent songwriting. If you enjoy adult rock/acoustic artists such as Shawn Colvin and Sarah McLachlan, you will enjoy this CD. The production and musicianship are top notch. Molly's vocals are effective and emotional. There are many memorable tracks on this CD. The rhythmic piano/bass/percussion groove in "Why (What Do You Think)" sounds great and will get your body moving. "Behind the Way" has all the elements of an adult rock hit, including a hook-filled chorus. The CD ends with 2 powerful, emotional tracks: "When We Get Old" and "Moving On". After listening to this CD, you will conclude that in the world of female adult rock artists, Molly Magdalain is an artist to watch. Pick up a copy today and help Molly reach the music industry success she deserves!" -


Never Believe - 2009
Without You - 2009

The Open Road - 2007 - available at iTunes and CD Baby

various internet radios and podcasts are playing:
The Open Road
Why (What do you Think)
Behind the Way
Movin' On



The career of Molly Magdalain has been more like a twisting road than a straight line. Over the years, she has been involved in many different projects ranging from fashion design to painting, writing and many other things. The underlying theme throughout everything she does has always been social consciousness and the need for positive change in the world – whether it’s internal or external. There are no limits to her work or the scope of her ideas and interests.

Magdalain formally entered into the world of songwriting around 2001 when the music scene was just starting to shift from a focus on major labels to independent artists. She is very grateful that she has retained the rights to her own work and developed it at her own random and winding pace because that has been honest – truthful and organic. She looks forward to collaborating with artists and thinkers of all kinds to expand our concepts of ‘business’ and ‘industry’ so that together we may continue to create a more incredible and imaginative world.

To learn more about Molly Magdalain and her projects visit

LA Music Awards - nominated - Best Pop Song - Why (what do you think)

Song of the Year Awards - honorable mention - The Open Road and Gentle War

Unisong International Songwriting Competition - top 40 folk songs - The Open Road

No Exit Music Video Festival - top 40 music videos - Why (what do you think)

Digifestival International Film Festival - nominated - best music video - Why (what do you think)