Congratulations to ASCAP Songwriter Molly Brown- Recipient of the 2021 ASCAP Foundation Peggy Lee Songwriter Award
July 16, 2021
Molly Brown has been awarded the 2021 ASCAP Foundation Peggy Lee Award for her original song “White Horses.”
Brown is a songwriter, artist and musician from Toronto, Canada now based in Nashville. She graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2013 with a degree in songwriting and performance. In 2016, her debut album "The High Road" was recorded and released thanks to a viral Kickstarter campaign. The EP and its single, "Montana" were featured on Canadian Country radio and listed as the #9 Female Country Release of the Year by Queens of Country. Her songs have received accolades from American Songwriter, the Unsigned Only Competition and the International Songwriting Competition. Molly’s versed musicianship and lyrics have led her to share the stage with Gretchen Wilson, Willie Nelson, Carole King, Tanya Tucker, Billy Gibbons and Kris Kristofferson. In late 2021, Molly plans to release new music. She hopes her original sound will bring together her love of many genres and attract listeners and music-lovers of all ages.
“...It’s perhaps the most personal thing I’ve ever written," Brown says. "I’d never covered the topic of mortality in any of my songs before 'White Horses.' Just before writing it, though, two people who were quite dear to me and had influenced my love of horses had recently passed away. They had both owned and worked with horses for their entire lives. It only seemed fitting to me that, once they crossed over, their horses would be waiting for them on the other side. As a lifelong animal lover and horseback rider, I knew I’d want the same thing for myself. I sat down at my piano with that notion in mind and the song fell out of me within an hour. It was second nature. I’ve written hundreds of songs since then, but none of them have flowed out the way that 'White Horses' did.”
Peggy Lee wrote over 270 songs, a number of which have entered the standards repertoire. Some of the highlights of her catalog are “It’s a Good Day,” “I Don’t Know Enough About You,” “I Love Being Here with You” and “Mañana.” Along with Sonny Burke, she wrote all of the original songs for Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, including “He’s a Tramp” and “Bella Notte” (Walt Disney was so pleased with Peggy’s song demos, he asked her to voice four of the characters, and even named one after her). A 13-time GRAMMY® nominee, Lee received Lifetime Achievement awards from NARAS, ASCAP and The Society of Singers, was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in Pete Kelly’s Blues.
Judges for this award were Marcy Heisler, Autumn Rowe and Pat Algers.
The ASCAP Foundation Peggy Lee Award was created as an honor to mark the centennial of the extraordinary artist, Miss Peggy Lee while nurturing the careers of promising new songwriters.