Summer evenings in Long Island Sound, aboard the tiny sailboat “Wanderer”, Molly Venter’s mother taught Molly and her brother Josiah to play guitar and sing harmony. Venter inherited her father’s nomadic tendencies along with her mother’s love of music and culture. After earning an undergraduate degree in International Relations, Molly lived in Idaho, California and Mexico before settling in Austin, TX. She has enjoyed studying dance and movement, psychology, nutrition, comedy improv, and traditional Sufi singing and the harmonium. It is her great joy to weave her life experiences into song. Venter has released four albums and toured extensively since 2004. She was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk contest (2008) and took second place at Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase (2008). Her debut album "Molly Venter" caught the attention of editors at Warner Bros. music and was featured in the ski film "Impact" as well as on all promotional Jeep CDs for 2005 and 2006. After releasing her latest album Love Me Like You Mean It, Venter left her teaching job and took to the road full time, crisscrossing the country for the next 18 months and living out of her car. The album was featured on Barnes & Noble listening stations around the country, and her songs "Happier Now" and "Shaky Ground" are currently in rotation on all in-store Apple computers. Still, solo life on the road wore Molly down, and she was in the process of applying to teaching jobs in Austin in April 2010 when the Red Molly call came in. Having opened a dozen shows for Red Molly, Venter was thrilled! The newest "Molly" is currently “getting serious” about playing guitar, collaborating with her new bandmates, and generally enjoying life’s adventures.