Watching Molly Rainford start singing is like watching a butterfly emerge from its cocoon.
She was just 11 years old when she appeared as a contestant on Season 6 of Britain’s Got Talent in 2012, so she’d had neither the years nor experience to develop much in the way of sophistication. Or so everyone thought.
The cherubic-faced girl is visibly tense as she stands onstage and answers a few ice breakers from the judges, telling them she’s from Essex and arrived at the auditions with her mom. When Simon asks her to tell them a little about herself, all she manages to get out is that she “goes to church on Sundays with my nan.”
But that nervousness is replaced with confidence and power just moments later. At that age, you’d think she’d pick a pop standard, but instead, the auditorium’s filled with the opening notes from “One Night Only,” from the Broadway musical Dreamgirls.
This young girl suddenly becomes a force to be reckoned with. How is it possible for someone who isn’t even in high school yet, never mind spent years studying under the best vocal coaches in the world, to have this kind of voice?
“You are 11 years old and you sing with such maturity and control. You’ve just blown me away,” Alesha Dixon gushes afterward. David and Simon agree, calling her “faultless” and saying she’s “got soul.”
And those attributes will take Molly far in the music world. She only made it to the semi-finals that season, but that wasn’t the end of the line for this talented young diva by far.
Molly subsequently signed a record deal with Sony, and Simon Cowell’s SYCO label paid for her studies at London’s prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School. The 17-year-old has since graduated and now attends the East London Arts & Music Academy.
This is definitely one to keep your eye on. If the judges were stunned by her audition piece, she’s going to take the music scene by storm once she completes her formal training.
Listen to Molly’s soulful cover of this beautiful piece in the clip below, and share if you’re impressed.