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Molly-Ann Leikin

Molly-Ann Leikin, rhymes with bacon, was born in Canada, and defected with her baritone ukulele to California during a 58 below zero blizzard. The Department of Public Social Services in Los Angeles seemed to think she'd be a good Emergency Intake worker. In fact, one of her clients was Tex Watson, a member of the Manson family.

You can see she did a bang up job there...

But it was a paycheck. And most of Molly's clients claimed their baby's father to be a rock star, and it was Molly's job to go after the alleged deadbeat dads for child support. However, instead of Molly helping the underprivileged get off welfare, they got her into the music business.

As a staffwriter at Almo Music (A & M Records), then Interworld Music and Chappell Music, over the next ten years, Molly got her songs recorded by almost every pop and country artist on the Billboard charts. Now she's a Eurovision finalist, which is "American Idol" for all of Europe, and she has a house full of gold and platinum records plus an Emmy nomination. She's written themes and songs for dozens of TV shows and movies, including "Eight is Enough" and "Violet," that won an Oscar.

As successful as she's been in getting her own songs recorded, Molly's company, Songwriting Consultants, Ltd., does Career Mastery Consulting for developing artists and bands. One of her clients has a Grammy nomination, another won an Emmy and thousands of others have made deals with music publishers and record companies.

The author of "How To Write A Hit Song," "How To Be A Hit Songwriter," and "How To Make A Good Song A Hit Song", producer of the best-selling CD collection, "Molly-Ann Leikin's 9-CD Hit Songwriting Course," and "Sliced Bread", a CD of her hot AC and country songs, Molly practices yoga, hikes, collects contemporary art, flosses, makes a world-class sour cream cinnamon raisin coffee cake, nuts optional, and lives in Santa Barbara.

You can email her at

Articles by Molly-Ann Leikin

Goin' Postal, 90049 April 21, 2011 (Molly-Ann Leikin) As writers, we all depend on the postal service, but sometimes, standing in that long line, fantasies come to mind... and they get stronger the longer the waits. Apparently this happened to a song writer we know. (complete article...)

Famous Rejections January 25, 2008 (Molly-Ann Leikin) Rotten Rejections, edited by Andre Bernard (Penguin Books) collects some of the worst brush-offs in literary history for the benefit of today's writers. Many of the world's greatest wordsmiths have been pummeled by an editor's cold fish to the face. (Barney Brantingham's column mentioned Bernard's book in the Santa Barbara News-Press before the publisher went ballistic and fired everybody. I hung his special column on my fridge, and want to share it with all of you.) (complete article...)

Weeds November 7, 2007 (Molly-Ann Leikin) Sometime creative work happens when you're not looking. When you're sure that your real work is somewhere else, you turn around and see that the writer inside you has produced a rose... or in Molly-Ann Leikin's case, a tomato. (complete article...)

Gentling Yourself Through The No's August 23, 2007 (Molly-Ann Leikin) Songwriter Molly-Ann Leikin's column. All writers must learn to deal with rejection, even thrive on it. But that doesn't mean it's easy! (complete article...)

Getting Ready to Write June 7, 2007 (Molly-Ann Leikin) In the fourth edition of my book, "How To Write A Hit Song", there is a popular chapter on the antics we writers put ourselves through before we're able to put pen to paper. Whether you know it or not, each of us has a peculiar pattern of preparing to write, and if you recognize that pattern, you'll see you're making creative progress even when your page is blank and you feel you're irreparably stuck with no choice but to hop a cab back to rehab. (complete article...)

Gathering Your Angels, Killing Your Critic April 25, 2007 (Molly-Ann Leikin) As exquisitely sensitive people, we are susceptible to any negativity anywhere within a 100-mile radius, even on our best days. It's hard for us as fragile beings to stay full and protected from the "bullies" in our lives who may not even realize they are bullies, or who hate their jobs, envy us and take great pride in knowing they've squashed somebody. (complete article...)

The Care and Feeding of Your Creative Spirit: Treasuring your unique qualities March 21, 2007 (Molly-Ann Leikin) As creative people, we have special gifts that "civilians" don't, even on their best days. With our gifts comes the responsibility of keeping ourselves in a creative flow. It doesn't fall to a groupie or manager, a spouse, therapist, healer, dealer or TV evangelist with permanently bad hair. It's our job. (complete article...)