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Molly Ringwald - Interview PDF Print E-mail
Written by Debra C. Argen   
Molly Ringwald Molly Ringwald, thank you for taking time out of your schedule to chat with Luxury Experience about your debut CD, Except...Sometimes, which will be released on the Concord Records label on April 9, 2013.


Although this is your debut CD, singing is not something new to you. I read with interest that you started singing with your dad, jazz pianist Bob Ringwald, at the precocious age of three.
You are a highly acclaimed stage, screen, and television actor, as well as the author of the bestselling novel, When It Happens to You. What was your motivation to shift gears and to record a Jazz CD?
I really enjoy jazz and I always thought that I would be a singer. My father's band played traditional jazz, and I grew up listening to Bessie Smith and Ella Fitzgerald songs. My musical tastes run from Jazz to BeBop, Hard Pop, to Cool Jazz, which is something I try to give my children, my daughter age 9, and my twins, a boy and a girl, age 3 and half years, by getting them involved in Jazz classes.
These past few years have been very creative for me. My life took a turning point when I turned 40, and I took control of my life. When I was growing up and acting a lot, I had to choose between either being an actor and a singer, now I want to live my life by my own rules.
Molly Ringwald - Except...SometimesThere are 9 wonderful Jazz standards on the CD from the Great American Songbook, which include: Sooner Or Later, I Get Along Without You Very Well, I Believe In You, I'll Take Romance, The Very Thought of You, Exactly Like You, Where is Love, Pick Yourself Up, and Ballad Of The Sad Young Men, as well as your adaptation of the John Hughes' The Breakfast Club film classic, Don't You (Forget About Me), where you had a starring role.
How did you come to select the songs?
My co-producer, Peter Smith, helped me to narrow down the standards, as I wanted a balance between well-known songs and some that were a bit more obscure. I also wanted songs that lyrically spoke to me.
You are now starring in the ABC Family show, The Secret Life of The American Teenager, touring to promote your book, When It Happens to You, as well as playing gigs to promote your debut CD, Except...Sometimes.
How do you stay grounded with so much happening (all positive) in your life?
I only travel for short periods, as I want to spend time with my husband and my three small children. I write, and I sing.
Actor, singer, novelist, is screenwriter perhaps a future pursuit? What's next?
I always wrote articles here and there, and kept at it until it met my standards. I am always improving. I do not think I will ever stop writing, as it is a part of me. I am working on a screenplay, so that is definitely something that I want to do, as well as direct. I also want to learn to sight read music, which would be incredibly helpful as a vocalist.
Molly, thank you for taking time to chat with Luxury Experience, it was a pleasure getting to know the many facets of your talented life. Congratulations at coming full circle back to music, and much success to you on your debut CD, Except...Sometimes released on the Concord Records label.

Molly Ringwald and Band
Molly Ringwald and Band

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