Molly Ijames (pronounced: “imes”) is from Flint, MI, and holds a B.S. in Music Education from Bob Jones University. For six years she was a music teacher and church pianist in various churches and Christian school ministries, which grew her heart for the music needs of the local church. She moved to Greenville, SC, in 2006 to work for SoundForth Music and began studying composition with Joan Pinkston. With additional composition influence from Dan Forrest, Craig Courtney, and Alice Parker, her writing for the choral and keyboard fields blossomed quickly. Her first published anthem, “The Holy Heart,” was published with Beckenhorst in 2007. She continued to write and gained several composition awards, one in the John Ness Beck Foundation and another from the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, early in her career. Her published works grew in the SoundForth, Beckenhorst, Alfred, and Lorenz catalogs, and she received many favorable reviews from J. W. Pepper and Creator Magazine. She was named choral editor of SoundForth in 2011, and in September of 2012, when Lorenz purchased SoundForth, she was charged with the official Editor role for all of SoundForth’s choral and keyboard publications.
She currently resides in Greenville, SC and travels frequently for Lorenz and SoundForth. She is a regular composer for the Rivertree Singers, ChurchWorksMedia hymns and choral arrangements, and BJU annual choral recordings. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, and a Fellow of Melodious Accord.