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Slow approach is a good move

Published 6:28pm Saturday, May 10, 2014

On top of congratulating Austin High School senior Molly Kate Kestner for her recent musical success, we’d also like to commend her for showing maturity by taking things slow.

Kestner was instantly thrust into the spotlight after posting the video for her song “His Daughter” on YouTube April 20, which has been viewed more than 5.5 million times.

Since, she’s been featured almost everywhere: multiple Herald articles, HLN, the Huffington Post, WCCO, the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press and several more media outlets. Even Internet darling George Takei shared Kestner’s song with his Facebook followers, which prompted thousands more views for Kestner’s video. Now, she’s set to appear on “Good Morning America” on Wednesday.

Kestner has been inundated with offers from record companies and the like, but she hasn’t committed.

“We’re just kind of exploring our options now,” she told the Herald last week.

While she and her family are still taking messages, Kestner said she’s focused on her senior year, which she proved by attending and singing at AHS’s prom last weekend.

While others may have already packed up and moved to Los Angeles or Nashville to seek a music career, Kestner is sticking to her plan to attend college at North Central this fall. She hopes to go into youth development.

“The plan is go to college and kind of see where God leads me,” Kestner told the Herald, adding she may eventually look into recording an album if it feels like the right move.

She recorded “His Daughter” for iTunes last week and plans to use the money to help pay for college and would like to use any extra money toward helping to end sex trafficking.

Kestner’s worldwide success is fantastic, and we wish her the best. However, we think it’s absolutely the right move to take things slow and enjoy her senior year of high school.

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