|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2007)|
April 5, 1978 |
San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA, U.S.
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
The Black Eyed Peas
Sierra Marie Swan (born April 5, 1978) is an American musician.
Swan was born in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles with music in her blood. Swan's father is singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Swan who in 1962 had his first hit "Lover Please" when he was just 16. During Sierra’s many nights backstage while her father played rhythm guitar for Kris Kristofferson, she conjured up her own dreams of becoming a professional musician.
As the daughter of 70's country and pop musician Billy Swan, Swan's love with music started at an early age. As a teenager, Sierra listened to Prince, Queen, Oingo Boingo, The Beatles, Grant Lee Buffalo, Mozart and Patsy Cline. It was Patsy Cline who inspired her singing career. When she was 16 she began playing at coffeehouses in Los Angeles. Swan also had influences from Tori Amos.
In 1997, Swan got together with Graham Edwards and Dollshead was formed. The band was signed and eventually dropped from MCA. She was a member of The Black Eyed Peas for about three months, before deciding to go solo.
She completed the "Queen Of The Valley" LP (then titled "Queen of the Valley Girls"), but after being dropped from her label , Swan's CD was not released until 2008. The LP featured such producers as Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes) and Linda Perry (formerly of the musical group 4 Non Blondes).
Linda Perry worked with Swan on her next (and officially, her first) album, "Ladyland". The album included a duet with notable singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, titled "Get Down to It." and features additional production work by Bill Bottrell. Linda Perry has quoted the following about Swan. "Beautiful, erotic, mesmerizing is everything that comes to mind when listening to Sierra Swan. Her voice will take you on an emotional journey."
Sierra Swan embodies the true spirit of a musical artist. She’s had major label deals and major label drops. Through it all Sierra doesn't miss a beat. It is now in 2014 that she has decided to make her most personal record yet "Good Soldier" with her dear friend Billy Corgan, who will be stepping in the producers chair for this project. They met years ago while he was helping Courtney Love with her album at Linda Perry’s studio. They developed a fast friendship and mutual admiration for each other and their music. In her own words: “We remained friends and he has become a huge emotional support in all aspects of my life. When I played him some of my latest demos, his response was really positive.” So much so that he decided to produce her next record, which he has not done with another artist in over a decade.
On February 25, 2014, upon the release of Swan's new album "Good Soldier", Billy Corgan quoted the following, "Sierra Swan has the most pure voice I've ever heard. Her new songs are the best batch of material I have heard from any songwriter in forever!" "There were a lot of reasons for me deciding to work with Sierra, but one of the biggest is her sheer talent. Quite simply, she has one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard.”
- 1) Copper Red
- 2) Don't Say
- 3) Get Down To It featuring Aimee Mann
- 4) Dr. Loveboy
- 5) The Ladder
- 6) Ladyland
- 7) Trouble Is
- 8) Lucky Scar
- 9) Shakedown
- 10) Just Tell Me
- 11) Mother
Coward (2007) iTunes EP (Tracklisting from iTunes)
- 1) Coward
- 2) Same Ol Way
- 3) Bring Me In
- 4) Depression
- 5) Empty of You
- 6) Ramona
Queen of the Valley (2008) (MP3 Tracklisting from Sierra Swan's official website)
- 1) So Much Fun
- 2) Seasons
- 3) Prelude to Sex
- 4) Sex Is Keeping Us Together
- 5) Nuclear Letdown
- 6) Distraction
- 7) You Got Away (ft. Scooter Ward)
- 8) Unforgivable
- 9) Demise of Love
- 10) Sleeping Beauty
- 11) Obvious Day
- 12) Rock and Roll Dance
- 13) You Got Away (ft. Scooter Ward - Demo version)
- 14) You Got Away (Just Sierra Swan)
Girl Who Cried Wolf (2009)
- 1. I Will Follow
- 2. Girl Who Cried Wolf
- 3. Who Am I
- 4. End of You
- 5. Deep Wound
- 6. The Truth Is...
- 7. Mansion Crew
- 8. Oh You
- 9. In My Room
- 10. Untitled
- 11. Blame
- 1. Black Eyed (4:40)
- 2. Emotional (3:20)
- 3. Little Shoes (4:30)
- 4. Take Me out to the Ballgame (4:23)
- 5. Mother Nature (4:43)
- 6. Make a Happy Home (3:52)
- 7. The Day (3:50)
- 8. Sad Affair (4:20)
- 9. I Feel (feat. Carina Round) (5:14)
- 10. No Matter How Much (4:28)
Swan is credited with Guest Vocals on the following albums:
- '...Is a Real Boy' by Say Anything
- 'Infinite Motion' by T-Tauri 
- 'Two Angels and a Dream' by Depswa
- 'From There to Here' by John Oszajca
- 'Fast Man Raider Man' by Frank Black
- '13 Ways to Bleed On Stage' album by Cold, on the songs "No One" & "Witch". She also appears on their album 'Year of the Spider' on the song "Suffocate".
- Official website
- Sierra Swan interview
- Sierra Swan at AllMusic
- Exclusive: Billy Corgan and Sierra Swan talk new album Good Soldier Music Radar
- Sierra Swan - Good Soldier on spfc.org