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"An essay on the 15th canto of Dante’s ‘Inferno,’ a history research paper, 30 math problems, a chemistry lab, a Spanish practice session on Skype, voice practice, and, if I’m lucky, half an hour of yoga."

High school, 2014.

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I love that they made a 43-minute video for this.

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Meeting people at the Minnesota State Fair.

Meeting people at the Minnesota State Fair.

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This past May, Molly Kate Kestner—an 18-year-old high school senior in Austin, Minnesota—captured the hearts of millions of people with a wildly popular video, recorded off the cuff with a cracked iPhone, of herself singing and playing her original song “His Daughter.” The song, about a young girl who transcends a turbulent family situation thanks to her faith in herself and the Lord, rises to a soaring chorus that—as delivered in Kestner’s confident voice—earned comparisons to Adele and Jewel.
The Internet caught fire with the video, and Kestner was featured on local and national programs including Good Morning America. A fully orchestrated version of the song was released as a single on iTunes, where it entered the top 50 on the retailer’s U.S. sales chart. When a short blog post about the video became the Current’s most-read article of the month, I saw how fascinated people were by Kestner and her music, and I asked if she would sit down in our studios to talk about her inspiration and her roller-coaster ride.
She stopped by Thursday morning after sound-checking the National Anthem at Target Field, where she’ll sing before the Minnesota Twins game on Saturday. She’s also in the process of moving on-campus at North Central University, a Minneapolis Pentacostal school that was also attended by Jeremy Messersmith. With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that Kestner is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday—but first, she has a freshman year to think about. Here’s our conversation.

This past May, Molly Kate Kestner—an 18-year-old high school senior in Austin, Minnesota—captured the hearts of millions of people with a wildly popular video, recorded off the cuff with a cracked iPhone, of herself singing and playing her original song “His Daughter.” The song, about a young girl who transcends a turbulent family situation thanks to her faith in herself and the Lord, rises to a soaring chorus that—as delivered in Kestner’s confident voice—earned comparisons to Adele and Jewel.

The Internet caught fire with the video, and Kestner was featured on local and national programs including Good Morning America. A fully orchestrated version of the song was released as a single on iTunes, where it entered the top 50 on the retailer’s U.S. sales chart. When a short blog post about the video became the Current’s most-read article of the month, I saw how fascinated people were by Kestner and her music, and I asked if she would sit down in our studios to talk about her inspiration and her roller-coaster ride.

She stopped by Thursday morning after sound-checking the National Anthem at Target Field, where she’ll sing before the Minnesota Twins game on Saturday. She’s also in the process of moving on-campus at North Central University, a Minneapolis Pentacostal school that was also attended by Jeremy Messersmith. With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that Kestner is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday—but first, she has a freshman year to think about. Here’s our conversation.

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"With her clear conviction and articulate poise, I was unsurprised to learn that the poised, articulate artist is interested in becoming a motivational speaker someday."

The problem with being your own editor.

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"Ha ha, Jay, I love that you found a picture of the Minnesota State Fair midway to use as your desktop that has two penises in it! You’re so funny! What? What do you mean? You’re kidding, right? You can’t have not seen those penises. You didn’t? How could you miss them? They’re just right there! Oh…I’m sorry. Now are you not going to be able to look at your desktop without seeing penises?”

"Ha ha, Jay, I love that you found a picture of the Minnesota State Fair midway to use as your desktop that has two penises in it! You’re so funny! What? What do you mean? You’re kidding, right? You can’t have not seen those penises. You didn’t? How could you miss them? They’re just right there! Oh…I’m sorry. Now are you not going to be able to look at your desktop without seeing penises?”

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  • Me: I'm going to see "The Clock."
  • Dana: Okay.
  • Me: I might try to watch it for a couple of hours.
  • Dana: A COUPLE OF HOURS?!
  • Me: Yeah. I mean, that's kind of the point.
  • Dana: That's so long!
  • Me: Well, there are 24 hours of it.
  • Dana: That's like, a whole movie.
  • Me: And I'd still only be seeing a twelfth of it!
  • Dana: Good lord.
  • Me: Some people watch the whole thing.
  • Dana: They could be watching Lord of the Rings!

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I forgot there’s a Woody Allen movie starring Michael J. Fox and Blossom. (And yes, that is Dom DeLuise in the background.)

I forgot there’s a Woody Allen movie starring Michael J. Fox and Blossom. (And yes, that is Dom DeLuise in the background.)

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I feel like she’s gonna win.

I feel like she’s gonna win.

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893thecurrent:

On the Local Show last month, the Current’s Jay Gabler talks with David Campbell about visiting Paisley Park and listening to the forthcoming album by Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL. On our blog, you can also read Jay’s story about the experience.

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