Me and Molly
Nashville based duo, Me and Molly was formed in 2015 by Molly Stevens and Declan McGarry. McGarry and Stevens have been writing songs together for years and playing around the Canada and the U.S. building separate fan bases. It wasn’t until a well-known producer in Nashville suggested they get together and form a duo that either of them really thought about it. “He told us we have a really unique sound together and a natural chemistry in our writing and performing,” says McGarry. “It just made sense. We had the songs, our voices blended great and we were good friends”.
On their own they have achieved some impressive feats. McGarry was one of four artists nominated in 2012 for the CCMA New Artist Showcase. He was singled out by MusicRow Magazine founder David M. Ross who wrote “There were lots of interesting talents that took the stage but the one that caught my ears with stage presence, voice and interesting original songs was Declan McGarry.” In 2013 and 2014 Stevens played CMA Fest in Nashville. She has opened up for acts such as the Indigo Girls, Sonia Leigh, Zac Brown Band, Jamie Johnson. In the short time since forming the duo, Me and Molly has opened for acts such as Billy Joe Shaver, The Dirty Guv’nahs, Angie Aparo, Griffin House, Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), and Darlingside.
McGarry and Stevens’ command of the stage has been honed individually through years of hard work on the road. Their songs are both thoughtful and charming, honest and thought-provoking. “I think it works because we both brought something different to the table,” says Molly. “And we both come from different influences and backgrounds which is what makes our musical style so unique.” McGarry hails from Winnipeg, Canada, a prairie city, which has been called home by several iconic musicians and artists including Neil Young, and Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO). But it was the American music scene that produced McGarry’s earliest musical influences.
He remembers listening to Nanci Griffith and John Denver while on family road trips. His first public performance at the age of three was at a family member’s wedding where he sang “Country Roads”. He hit all the notes and received a raucous standing ovation. “Ok maybe it wasn’t quite like that,” he confesses. “I think I did the chorus twice then called it a night. Always leave them wanting more!” In his teenage years he was drawn to rock and roll and the music of artists like Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, and Tom Petty. Late in his teens he discovered a love for country music and Americana bringing him full circle back to where it all began for him.
Stevens grew up in Macon, GA, singing in church and at many revivals led by her grandfather who was a celebrated and well-known preacher around the Southeast. Growing up in Macon, home to the Allman Brothers and Ottis Redding, to name a few, played a large role in creating her soulful voice. “As a kid singing was just always a huge part of my life,” says Stevens. “The other kids played games and sports after school and I went home to practice or sing at a church event. I always loved singing but it wasn’t until I discovered songwriting in my teens that I really found my voice.” Stevens studied theatre in college and moved to New York shortly after with acting aspirations. It wasn’t long, however, that she realized music was her true passion. Armed with a vintage acoustic Gibson guitar circa 1950 given to her by her grandfather shortly before he died, she moved to Nashville in 2009 to turn her passion into a career.
Me and Molly are currently working on their debut recording. When not in Nashville writing and recording Me and Molly can be found touring the country playing bars, music halls and living rooms. And whether performing at a house concert or a sold out theatre they leave it all on the stage and the crowd wanting more!