Sierra Bryan was born and raised in Austin, Texas, where she grew up going to concerts with her father from a young age. As she got older, she joined a children’s choir called “Outside Voices” where she sang at events such as Austin’s annual Trail of Lights, and the Domain’s Christmas Tree lighting.
She began teaching herself piano in middle school, then picked up the ukulele once she began high school and started writing songs for English class assignments. She soon learned guitar and has been teaching herself other various instruments ever since, along with refining her song writing skills. During her last two years of high school, she led Riverbend Church’s Youth band and began playing once a month with the musicians that led the adult service, where she was able to practice music theory and adapt to jamming with other people.
After graduating high school, she moved to Flagstaff, Arizona to pursue a degree in Environmental Science at NAU, where she is in her last year of college. During her first year there, she had a band (“Glazed Jeans”) and performed with them at KJACK radio’s Battle of the Bands in the spring of 2019 before deciding go off on her own.
In January 2020, she started a Kickstarter page to fund her debut album “Breathing In, Breathing Out,” which she released later in August following her two singles “Traveling Woman” and “Watercolors.” She has since been nominated for Flagstaff’s 13th annual Viola Awards as a finalist under the Emerging Artist category, and has played at local venues such as Late for the Train, the Green Room, the Hive, and Mountaintop Taproom.
She recently released a live video of her new song “Spinning” for this year’s NPR tiny desk contest, and is working on new music at Lore Audio Provisions in Flagstaff, AZ.
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