When former Duxbury Idol Molly Jewell was asked to be one of the judges for this year’s Duxbury Idol competition, she was elated. The more she thought about her participation in the competition, she realized she wanted to do something to draw more attention to the competition and decided to hold a concert of her own.
Jewell won the first Duxbury Idol competition in 2005 and credits her participation in the competition with helping her become accustomed to the stage. Recently Jewell was asked by John Bradford, co-chair of Duxbury Idol, to be part of the judges panel for the competition.
“I am very honored that he asked me to do this,” Jewell said. “I’m excited to be on the panel.”
In order to help promote the competition, Jewell decided to make a weekend event out of it, and started putting a concert together. Jewell eventually settled on the Good Knight Theatre at Duxbury High School as the venue, because she said she believed it was a good, intimate venue for her show. The concert will be held on Friday, May 10 at 7 p.m.
At the concert, Jewell will be playing songs off her first full record, released in the fall of 2012. Jewell said she would like the concert to have a “coffeehouse” feel, and she said she plans on talking about the stories behind each of her songs during the concert.
“One of my favorite parts of going to concerts is listening to artists talk about their songs and really finding out what they are all about,” she said. “I feel like I can connect with people through music, whether listening or performing, and it’s a great way to share mutual feelings that everyone experiences.”
Jewell will play with Tony Perry, a good friend who also plays the guitar. Jewell said she is excited to play with him again, and thinks he will be a good addition to the concert.
“It will be a lot of fun,” she said. “I haven’t seen him in a while and he is a wonderful artist himself so I think the entire concert will have a cool vibe.”
The indie-folk artist moved to Nashville, Tenn., to study
music composition and theory at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University. Jewell pursued her academic career as well as her songwriting career while at the Blair School. Jewell said she was interested in film soundtracks and scoring, as well as learning about various instruments and classical songwriting.
“While in school, I tried to play wherever I could throughout the city,” she said. “My focus has definitely turned more towards songwriting and playing throughout Nashville.”
Jewell worked with Kris Bergsnes, a well-known song- writer in Nashville, in writing sessions to develop her song- writing skills and focus on her specific brand of music. In 2010, Jewell was introduced to producer David Malloy, who has worked with Dolly Parton, Julianne Hough, Reba McEntyre, Eddie Rabbit, Tim McGraw and many more. After playing one of her songs at a songwriter’s show at Malloy’s studio, Malloy contacted Jewell with an offer to produce a record.
“It’s been a really great experience for me to work with David and to produce my first record in this great, musical city,” Jewell said. “I have met so many talented artists and have been able to include many of my singer/songwriter friends on the album, which makes the record very special to me.”