Self-taught 17-year-old musician Molly Sterling is at her happiest when she’s singing and playing her piano in her County Tipperary home. Now she will represent Ireland at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Playing With Numbers.
When she was little, she used to sing along to her dad’s Eagles, Queen and Meatloaf CDs in the car. She taught herself piano when she was 11 and when she was 12 she entered her first competition and that’s when she was bitten with the performance bug.
Molly now lives in Dublin. Her favourite artists are Stevie Nicks, Hozier, Lana Del Ray and Beyonce. She and songwriter/producer Greg French co-wrote Playing With Numbers as part of her upcoming album. The song was written about the risks people take every day in love and in life, and the experiences of taking the road less travelled.
Molly has put her heart on her sleeve and is gambling on Playing With Numbers as the song that will win the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest for Ireland.
Things you should know about Molly
Three most interesting aspects about your entry?
- I think the personality of the song is quite different compared to a lot of usual Eurovision entries.
- There isn’t too much glitz and glamour going on. Perhaps because Greg and I originally wrote Playing With Numbers for my album, the song that is that bit more personal and real.
- Hopefully people will connect with it.
Three most impressive facts about you?
- There aren’t too many to choose from! Maybe my honey obsession?! I don’t know anyone who consumes more honey than me! Five jars in a single week is my record. Maybe that’s not impressive though, maybe that’s just quite strange. Yeah, definitely just strange.
- I double graded in my kickboxing grade last year. Although, I haven’t boxed for about 6 months but it still counts, right? Maybe not.
- I have a donkey at home in Tipp who’s 50 years old. Mick the donkey. That’s pretty impressive, I guess.
Do you have a (lucky) routine before you go on stage?
I do, but I’m afraid to tell anyone in case I jinx the magic! Maybe one day I’ll spill the secret but it’s still early days and luck needs to be on our side in Vienna!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important for you?
Well, it goes without saying how amazing it would be to represent your country and perform at an international level. I’m learning so much throughout this whole process and the Eurovision experience, so far, has been invaluable. As well as that, I hope this will open doors for me as an artist and maybe people who watch the Eurovision Song Contest will want to listen to my other music too.