Today we’d like to introduce you to Cierra Brown.
Hi Cierra, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I was inspired by my Uncle, Brad Boldridge when I was 3 to play the piano, so I started playing by ear. My Grandpa, Thomas Winston, would always sit me on his lap and sing blues songs to me which is where I discovered my love for singing.
At age 13 or so, I started taking singing and piano lessons at Southland Conservatory of Music under the direction of Bill Johnson whom I adore and will always call family!
At age 15 my mom made me join the teen church choir where I met some of my best friends to this day! It gave me a balance from classical to Gospel music.
I went to Pittsburg State University where I studied classical and opera which was a huge challenge because in my heart, I was definitely a soul/ R&B singer. My vocal coach, Stella (Hastings) Lua, really taught me a lot about enjoying the process of music and discovering my voice and sound.
When I came back home from college, I started writing my first studio album “It’s a Chocolate Affair “ which did well for no promotion.
I then went on to find some like-minded artists and we all feed off each other’s energy when it comes to dreaming about our future and music career. F R E S H (Chris White-Ready), our studio engineer Trey at Free Reign Studios, and Nels (Nelson Santana) have definitely been my music backbones the last year or so! From investing to motivating me I definitely wouldn’t have made my second album without them!
My second album will be released in the next month or so, titled “Therapy”. It will take you on a journey through what I’ve gone through since the last album! My single Let Me is a fun sexy single I am having an album release party/concert in April 22nd at the Westport Bowery! It will show how much I’ve matured and grown musically and will be a great set up for my album.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Some obstacles I’ve been through while being an artist has definitely been finances. As an unsigned artist, it truly is difficult to always find ways to invest in yourself when you aren’t bringing in as much money as you want from your performances.
Social media is a major part of music nowadays and that has been a challenge making sure I have enough content. I finally invested in a social media coach (Semaj the Poet), so you will be seeing me become more active here soon on the socials!
Also, I took a 1.5 years hiatus preparing and enjoying time with my son Quincy Dior born 2.8.2021. But balancing work, mom life and music has definitely been a learning experience!
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Music is my calling and eventually what I’m transitioning to do full time but I work in the real estate world which has been great due to me having a little one. It helps with having a more flexible schedule to perform, be a mom and record, which my son enjoys the studio as much as me.
I’m most proud of my mental strength and self-awareness. There are many things and people that can hold you back or make you doubt yourself but having a group of people who support and keep you grounded is important.
My team consists of my mom (Sharon Brown) my Best friend/ sisters (Jasmine Walton, Lexi Collier), my family and my man (Birendra Bastola). They all make sure that I live out my dreams and maintain great health and I’m super blessed to have them!
On the music side… I am known for being the “Mood Queen”.
All my songs are a vibe and fit perfectly for ANY occasion. I make music for those who have gone through things but are pushing through to overcome, for those that are working in finding their sexy again, for those that have a dream but are discouraged, and for those that just love R&B.
We’d love to hear about any fond memories you have from when you were growing up?
One of my favorite childhood memories was when my family went to Beijing, China in 2004.
My family and I did martial arts since I was 3/4. I got my black belt in American Kempo under the direction of Gaines Auto when I was seven alongside of my brother, sister, and parents. My brother (Steven Brown Jr.) and I also attended shotokan classes at Young Champions of America.
When attending a wushu camp, scouts watched my brother and I perform and they invited him to China to meet Wu Ben (instructor to Jet Li and Jackie Chan).
We got to train with his wushu team and did a ton of sightseeing. We have plenty of VHS tapes of the trip and I’ll never forget how exciting it was.
- Email: Cierracamillemusic@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cierra_97camille/?hl=en
- Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/CierraCamilleMusic/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/ccamillemusic97
- Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UC3v0KdQpObe3p2Fjyg7007w
- Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3gQ0MgmZ58HhGGX2b8LD2Y?si=-owhTKPeR1GqeH6oVafG2g
Music video photos credit to Videographer and Director Kozy