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Macon native performing special concert to help others get sober

Macon’s Molly Stevens will be in town Saturday to perform at the Blue Jean Ball to benefit Cross Roads Recovery, a local substance abuse recovery center.
Macon’s Molly Stevens will be in town Saturday to perform at the Blue Jean Ball to benefit Cross Roads Recovery, a local substance abuse recovery center. Special to The Telegraph

Life on the road has slowed for Macon-native Molly Stevens. Cross-country touring to promote her six-song EP, “Here and Now Vol. 1,” has ended and she’s writing and recording a full-length CD to release in the spring.

She also said she’ll be with family and friends for the holidays. But she’s making time to perform a hometown concert in Macon Saturday to benefit Cross Roads Recovery.

“I’m glad to because I’m in recovery myself,” Stevens said in a phone interview as she traveled to her record label’s Alabama studios. “I’ve been sober for 7 years and know how life-changing a program like Cross Roads can be. I connect with those struggling with the disease of alcoholism. It gives me a lot of joy to be able to help.”

Stevens, who was in a similar program for alcoholics, said Cross Roads is a faith-based program and that she’s not shy about her own Christian faith.

“[Faith] had everything to do with my recovery,” she said. “So personally, yeah, I definitely rely on that ‘higher power.’ I write music to entertain but it has a message that comes from my knowing God loves me as I am and that there’s always a way to start over.”

Stevens, who now lives in Raleigh, N.C., said she’s always glad to get back to Macon and visit with friends from her time at Tattnall Sqaure Academy and Mercer University. It’s also a chance to reflect on her early career, her time on NBC’s “The Voice” and all that’s come since.

“My band comments on the love and support we always get in Macon and I talk about my hometown everywhere — I really do,” she said. “In fact, I partner with Visit Macon who sponsors the tour. It’s great going around the country talking about the place I love and I love being able to give something back.”

Though Stevens said she’s thrilled seeing her growing fan base across the country, it was the fans in Macon that endured a downpour at The Society Garden for a drenched yet intimate acoustic release party for her EP.

“It turned out really memorable and fun, but the kind of fun you don’t want to have again,” she said laughing.

With writing and recording underway, what is Stevens’ vision for the new record?

“It’s a matter of the songs being true,” she said. “I can’t get away from that. But it’s going to reflect where I’m at now: more light-hearted and fun with things you can sing with but still with meatiness and meaning. I’m having a good time now and smiling — not taking everything so seriously.”

Along with hearing Stevens at the Blue Jean Ball, the event will feature dinner and a silent auction.

“Blue Jean Ball with Molly Stevens”

Where: Morgan View Farm, 34 Shi Rd., Macon

When: 7 p.m. Nov. 3

Cost: $75 per person, sponsorships available

Tickets and information: www.crossroadsrecovery.org/blue-jean-ball, www.mollystevensmusic.com