Molly Taylor for Red

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY JORDAN HEFLER — Singer-songwriter Molly Taylor performs Saturday at The Guru. Doors open at 6 p.m. 

At 26 years old, Molly Taylor has fast become a notable name on the Baton Rouge music scene. Taylor’s take on Americana is a blend of pure emotion and raw talent.

Her new CD, "Loud and Clear – Volume One," is available on iTunes and Spotify, with physical copies for purchase at mollytaylormusic.com.

To celebrate to release of the EP, she’s holding a show and party at 6 p.m. Saturday at The Guru. Tickets are $10. Clay Parker & Jodi James open the show. 

Below are five things to know about this noteworthy songstress. 

She got to work on her music at a young age: “I started singing and writing music at the age of 11. At 15, I was put into a talented music program, where I learned music composition and multiple instruments, including the piano and guitar." 

Songwriting is her therapy: "Everything I write about, I have pulled emotion out from something. I write to move past things and certain situations in my life.”

Recording wasn't easy: “The idea of making an album has been in the air for about two years. My dear friend J.T. O'Neal recorded me live in his studio in August, and I am so proud of this body of work. I have always been intimidated by recording because stripping it down loses all emotion for me, and I find it hard to connect with my song. We decided to record me playing live, and it worked out and we couldn’t be happier with how it came out."

Favorite track? “They are all my children basically, so I love them all equally. But if I had to choose one, it would be ‘I Will Find My Way Back To You.’ I wrote this song in 10 minutes before a show I was performing at. I played it first that night.”

Saturday's show: “I have my dear friends Jodi James and Clay Parker opening up the night at 6:30 p.m. They are amazing songwriters and musicians. I will be following them with a set from ‘Volume One’ as well as some new songs and other surprises.”