Mallory Lennon is a creature of simplicity. A creator. A player of conscience. The 23-year-old Chicago songstress, guitarist and pianist will never forget feeling the spirits of musicians before her flow through her entire being as she played places like New York City’s Carnegie Hall or Liverpool’s Cavern Club. Music gives her a soul. She is a musician for one simple reason, she says: It is her life support. Without music, she is just “a passerby thought.”
Lennon is currently writing and recording a solo album titled, The Girl Who Wasn’t Ready for the World. The piece is a haunted, self-reflective collection of ethereal folk fusion tracks— an authentic snapshot of a creative’s attempt to release themselves from apathy as a means of getting by. It is set for release in September of 2016.
She admits that she doesn’t have any definitive goals as an artist— but her perplex preoccupation with the human condition and her sound being in a constant flux are what prove to be the most rewarding facets of the journey. “Let the music be your master and he will never lead you astray,” Lennon says. “At the base of our populous, we are all the same being— that’s the head, as they call it in jazz. And then you’ve got the personhood of each individual being, and well, that is improvisation. It makes me terribly nervous to not be fully aware of how people resolve when I’m watching them listen to my music, but I wouldn’t trade that feeling for the world.”
When she is not on the road or finger-picking in the North Country, she can be found enjoying a great cup of coffee, listening to the Grateful Dead, and channeling herself through a steady communion of word and rhythm.