Molly Smitten-Downes receives honorary award
LEICESTERMERCURY.CO.UK REPORTS – Eurovision Song Contestant Molly Smitten-Downes will receive an honorary award from Leicester College today. The singer/songwriter, is an alumni of the college and is to be recognised for her musical achievements during its higher education graduation ceremony.
Molly completed a performing musician course there in 2002 and subsequently went onto flourish in her musical career; winning Best Urban/Pop Act at Live and Unsigned in 2012 and Best Song at the Best of British Unsigned Music Awards 2013. Molly performed the UK’s entry at the Eurovision Song Contest this summer where she sang her own composition “Children of the Universe”. Throughout her success she has repeatedly recognised and thanked the college for developing and supporting her as a musician.
The Leicester College Honorary Award celebrates the success of her career and demonstrates how incredibly proud staff are of her continued hard work.
A delighted Molly said
“I’m over the moon to be receiving this award. It definitely came as a bit of a shock because you tend to think of awards like that being given when you’re older, but it’s a huge honour. The tutors at Leicester College helped me immensely during my time there. They went above and beyond the curriculum and even helped organise gigs which got me the experience I needed to build up my confidence. We worked hard and that’s something that was instilled in me – to never give up and to keep working and striving even though my dreams of having a recording contract have come true […] I’ve done a few collaborations too but I can’t reveal anything just yet. I don’t get to come home as much as I’d like so it’s nice being back to get this award, see family and friends and to enjoy a walk around Bradgate Park.”
The 29-year-old gave a powerful performance at the Eurovision Song Contest in front of an 11,000-strong audience in Copenhagen and millions worldwide. She grew up in Anstey and signed a recording deal with Warner ahead of her Eurovision entry. Molly, who is currently based in London, said she was working on her album, which is due to be released next year.
The music and sound technology team at Leicester College have closely followed Molly’s musical rise. Her former lecturer Doug Jenkinson said: “I remember Molly joining the college and watching her confidence grow during her course. She has an incredible talent and has worked so hard to achieve her successes. It’s a true pleasure to support learners with such innate talent as Molly’s to help them to realise their ambitions. Molly thoroughly deserves the honorary award – she’s a role model for all of our learners.”