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Molly Kate Kestner
Kestner performing in 2017
Kestner performing in 2017
Background information
Born (1995-11-29) November 29, 1995 (age 27)[1]
Freeborn County, Minnesota, USA
OriginAustin, Minnesota
Instrument(s)Vocals, piano, violin
Years active2013-present
LabelsAtlantic Records

Molly Kate Kestner (born November 29, 1995) is an American singer-songwriter most notable for her song "His Daughter", which went viral in 2014 in many countries.[2] After the release of her debut self-released single, Kestner was signed to Atlantic Records and has released seven major label singles since joining their roster.[3]

Early life

Kestner is one of seven siblings in her family.[4]

Before the success of "His Daughter", Kestner performed covers and original material, and put them on YouTube for extended family members too far away from her and her family. In addition to singing and piano, Kestner is also an accomplished violinist. Kestner was a member of the 2012-2013 Minnesota Music Educators Association All-State Mixed Choir.[5]

Success of "His Daughter"

"His Daughter"
Single by Molly Kate Kestner
ReleasedMay 12, 2014
LabelBroken Phone Productions
Songwriter(s)Molly Kate Kestner
Molly Kate Kestner singles chronology
"His Daughter"
"Good Die Young"
Music video
"His Daughter" (Official video) on YouTube

"His Daughter" is a song written by Kestner that chronicles a woman that has an unplanned pregnancy.

Her video later brought the attention of Star Trek actor George Takei, who commented on his Facebook page "Has America found its young Adele? I'm nearly breathless from listening." "His Daughter" also received attention from singer Jordin Sparks.[6][7] Kestner's video later gained 2 million+ views after Takei and Sparks shared Kestner's video. Kestner later performed the song on Good Morning America.

Kestner later released a studio version of "His Daughter" on iTunes.[8]



  • "His Daughter" (2014)
  • "Good Die Young" (2016)
  • "Prom Queen" (2017)
  • "It's You" (2017)
  • "I Don't Know" (2017)
  • "Compromise" (2017)
  • "Footprints" (2017)
  • "Not Over You" (2018)
  • "On Again" (with Honors)(2018)
  • "Prisoner" (2018)
  • "My Way Up" (2019)
  • "Get Up" (2021)
  • "Troubles" (2021)
  • "Bridges" (2021)
  • "Better Than My Best" (2021)
  • "Used to Be You" (2021)
  • "Hiding in the Crowd" (2021)
  • "Small Town Stars" (2022)
  • "Hand That You Hold" (2022)
  • "Blame It on the Weather" (2022)

Songwriting credits

Year Title Artist(s) Album Written with
2017 "Move You" Kelly Clarkson Meaning of Life Amy Kuney, Nick Ruth
"Slow Dance"

Personal life

Kestner married singer-songwriter Brock Baker in 2016.[9][10]


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Meet Molly Kate Kestner, the Voice Behind YouTube Hit 'His Daughter'". ABC News. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  3. ^ Molly Kate Kestner (1995-11-29). "Molly Kate Kestner | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  4. ^ "Minnesota teen Molly Kate Kestner's YouTube ballad goes viral". TwinCities.com. 1 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Molly Kate Kestner: Austin singing sensation". Kttc.com. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Meet Molly Kate Kestner, the Voice Behind YouTube Hit 'His Daughter'". Yahoo. 14 May 2014. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  7. ^ "SEE IT: Minn. teen's original song goes viral". Nydailynews.com. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ "iTunesCharts.net: 'His Daughter' by Molly Kate Kestner (American Songs iTunes Chart)". Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 11 December 2015.
  9. ^ "Molly Kate Kestner - Official Website - Tour Dates, Music, and m | Married my best friend today. Brock Baker, forever". Mollykatekestnermusic.com. 2013-04-16. Retrieved 2020-04-11.
  10. ^ [2][dead link]

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