Q&A with Molly Rainford

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You might not recognise her now, but surely you all remember her stunning vocal prowess from season six of Britain's Got Talent back in ... wow, 2012?

Molly Rainford first blessed our ears with her powerful rendition of Jennifer Hudson's 'One Night Only' for her first audition on the talent show, at only 11 years-old. Despite losing out in the final to Ashleigh and Pudsey, it all proved to be for the best, as Simon Cowell's SYCO label snapped Molly up straight away and have been funding her development ever since.


Molly Rainford | Colston optics in clear


Now 17, Molly has graduated from the infamous Sylvia Young Theatre School with her GCSEs safely in hand, and is a first year student at London's leading industry academy for young performers, ELAM (East London Arts & Music), perfecting and preparing her musical style ready for her long-awaited career launch. With record deal offers piling up at a rapid speed, the Rita Ora doppelgänger is a sure-fire one to watch.

We were honoured to have Molly perform for our recent store launch opening party in Shoreditch, and equally so to interview and photograph the bubbly and beautiful starlet last week.


Molly Rainford | Colston optics in clear


Describe yourself in 3 words?

Talkative, bubbly and smiley - I'm always smiling!


When did you realise you wanted to be a singer?

I've been singing ever since I could talk, but when I was 8, that's when I decided I wanted to go to singing lessons and pursue it and I've loved it ever since. Being on BGT was a huge step in the right direction, and I'm so thankful for that opportunity. It actually sometimes still doesn't feel real that I did that! The first audition was the most scary I think, as it was in front of thousands of people, but then when we got to the studio it was only in front of about 800. I say 'only 800', it's still a lot! But in comparison, I just thought to myself "Oh, ok, I can do this now!" It changed my life completely. It's also great because it was genuinely me saying to my parents,"I want to audition for BGT", rather than someone else pushing me. I think a lot of people jump to the conclusion that youngsters on TV shows must have pushy parents, but I just knew what I wanted and they helped make it happen for me and supported me. I would never change it and I wouldn't have wanted it to go any other way. Now I'm working with Sony, writing my own music and pursuing my career properly, so it's all fallen perfectly into place. It was an amazing launch pad. 


Molly Rainford | Pavilion sunglasses in clear


Which artists inspire you?

It's a mainstream obvious answer but it has to be Beyoncé. She's my idol, mostly because she doesn't just sing. When she's on stage she out-dances her dancers and she just performs like no one else. She is such an all rounder and that's what I aspire to be - the biggest triple threat!

When I was younger my parents were really into old school Garage, RnB and Hip-Hop, so I grew up listening to big voices with big characters. I think Jennifer Hudson's version of 'You're Gonna Love Me' was one of the first songs I learned to sing properly. I love classic artists like Etta James, Aretha Franklin etc ... all those big diva voices, how could you not be inspired by them?


 Molly Rainford | Pavilion sunglasses in clear


If you could be any artist for the day who would you be and what would you do?

It's tempting to say Beyoncé again, but actually, I think I'd love to be Rihanna for a day. Creatively, what she's doing is amazing - she takes no sh*t from anyone and pushes boundaries, and she also demands respect. I also love how she's diversified her talent into Fenty Beauty and her fashion collaborations and charity work .. it's endless.


What direction do you want to go in musically?

I think my sound, that I'm obviously still developing, has got a real fun pop vibe but it also has the influence of the old school soul and RnB flavours that I grew up listening to. But mainly it's very poppy, and I love pop, I don't see how pop can ever be a bad choice!


Molly Rainford | Pavilion sunglasses in clear


What's your dream venue to play in the future?

Maybe somewhere like Madison Square Gardens? If I can play there one day, then that's mission accomplished for me, I'll know I've made it!


What drew you to ELAM?

Everyone here is so creative and so focused and dedicated, everyone is so driven. It's so nice to be around people my age who also know exactly what they want to do. One big thing they really encourage here is collaboration. It's amazing to be able to jam with your friends in the studios here and just make incredible music every day. The facilities are industry standard and we just all really get an accurate insight into what our world will be like in the future when we all go professional! I've only been here for 4 weeks but I love it so much already, the next 2 years are going to be a lot of fun.


 Molly Rainford | Scala sunglasses in black


What's the one key piece of advice that you live by and would pass on?

I think, just simply, the advice I take with me is that you should always keep your goal in mind. Sometimes, you can get so caught up in the whirlwind of the industry that you lose focus. I go to a lot of acting auditions too and sometimes I can get down to the final two and then they say "oh no sorry, you're not tall enough" or "your not quite right for this part looks wise" .. you know, really vapid answers that make you question yourself, and that can knock you down. But you just have to keep going, something will stick eventually. It doesn't matter if you're 11 like I was on BGT or older, if you know what you want then you just need to keep visualising that and one day you'll make it happen. Keep going!


Molly Rainford | Scala sunglasses in black


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