We’re incredibly proud to announce today, UD’s very own Molly Elizabeth releases her debut single, ‘Please Just Wait’, produced by rising female producer Lauren Faith (KAYTRANADA).
Molly became part of Flames Collective in Jan 2020, our flagship programme working with young people from inner-city secondary schools who demonstrate high potential when it comes to music. Now 19-years-old, Molly is releasing her debut single through our Incubator and Talent Development Accelerator programme in collaboration with Island Records, and is the first solo artist to come through UD’s new imprint.
Molly met Lauren Faith last year when they began sharing vocals and beats and started a creative relationship, one of mentorship and friendship, which developed into the song that would become Molly’s debut single, ‘Please Just Wait’. Lauren’s neo-soul and jazz influenced background partnered with Molly’s inimitable ability to capture the harsh emotion of teenage breakups and soaring vocal range has proved to be an incredible force. The official video, which was filmed in and around Molly’s neighbourhood in Essex and the house she grew up in – which was built from the ground up by her father and mother – portrays the innocence of youth and yearning when a relationship comes to an end.
Molly Elizabeth and Flames Collective spent the pandemic contributing to the soundtrack to Theresa Ikoko’s BAFTA winning feature film, Rocks. When she first joined the Flames Collective in her very first session she was given a solo in “Proud Mary”, a cover of Tina Turner’s 1969 hit that the group had been asked to record especially for the movie. In the heartbreaking portrayal of girlhood — not unlike that of Molly’s songwriting — the cover sits alongside music by the likes of her Gen Z contemporaries, Jorja Smith and Celeste.
The eldest of three girls – and of 14 cousins who all live in the same small Essex neighbourhood – Molly Elizabeth has grown up being everyone’s big sister. “I think that shaped who I am, being the one they all look up to, who they ask about life,” Molly says. “I’ve always had to be in control of situations, even when I didn’t know what to do”.
We’re incredibly proud of Molly Elizabeth and her new single, click here to stream it on all platforms!
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Written by Klara Niklewicz