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Sierra Black – A Bio
Some artists are just born with a gift and an innate desire to share that gift of music with the world. Sierra Black is certainly one of those people. The 18 – year old beauty started singing when she was 6-years old and has never lost that fire to entertain. She seems perfectly positioned, geographically, to do just that, as her hometown of Las Vegas, Nevada is by some measure the entertainment capital of the world.
It was an introduction, two years ago, to Nashville producer/songwriter/musician Kurt Howell that really kicked her career in to overdrive. “My vocal coach, Ron Anderson, introduced me to Kurt and we began writing together,” she said. “Kurt really helped me become a better writer. I feel like I have progressed considerably since I began writing with him. He helps me open up and write in a way that others can relate to the stuff I am writing about.”
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As a high school senior Black says that she writes about what she knows whether it be her own experiences or those of others around her. “I have songs about boys of course, heartbreak, even one about politics, and one about moving on to the next phase of life which is what I am experiencing now with graduating from high school.”
Howell and Black clicked writing on such a level that he travels to Vegas to write with her about once a month. “We write so well together. I have kept journals my whole life. And he helps me convey those experiences that I have had in these magnificent songs,” she confides of their marathon songwriting sessions.
Black has inherited the gift for stellar performances from her grandmother Babette De Castro, who was the youngest member of the trio of Cuban born sisters called the De Castro Sisters. They hit the top of the Billboard charts in 1954 with “Teach Me Tonight.” The sisters appeared on many TV shows including the Ed Sullivan Show and sang songs for many motion pictures throughout their successful career. Ms. De Castro’s granddaughter is determined to continue the family legacy of great music. Although the sister’s were a Latin infused group where Sierra is clearly country the natural ability is still obvious. Sierra hopes to surpass their excellent chart positioning of 7 Billboard hits and being signed to labels like RCA, ABC and Capitol.
The real challenge is going to be for her team when they narrow down the wealth of material that they have into a 4 or 5 song demo that showcases her unique talent the best. Howell says, “Sierra has an amazing quality to her vocal and she has really come alive as a songwriter. We have a good problem to have in the at we have a lot of great songs to choose from at this point,” he says of the recording sessions that they just did at Ocean Way Nashville where they got a record 11 songs recorded. “We were able to record in Studio A at Ocean Way which made Seirra feel like the star that she is. We also were fortunate to have the A-list musicians on the sessions so the tracks sound amazing, add mixing by Jeff Balding and the sky is the limit.”
Black took some time off from her senior year activities to come to Nashville to record and the buzz on the results is that it was well worth the effort!