Sierra Kay

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Sierra Kay
SierraatWarped2010.jpg
Kay performing on the 2010 Warped Tour.
Background information
Birth name Sierra Kay Kusterbeck
Born (1990-12-18)December 18, 1990
St. Petersburg, Florida, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, experimental rock
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, model
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2007–present
Labels Fueled by Ramen
Associated acts Blake Harnage

Sierra Kay Kusterbeck (born December 18, 1990), better known as Sierra Kay, is an American singer-songwriter and model. She rose prominence as the lead vocalist of the rock band Versa.

Early life[edit]

Kusterbeck was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] She began taking vocal lessons in the third grade.[2] She attended the arts-centric PCCA Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg for three years as a Musical Theatre major,[3] but dropped out of high school to pursue music as a career.

Career[edit]

VersaEmerge[edit]

Main article: VersaEmerge

Kusterbeck auditioned to be VersaEmerge's lead vocalist in 2006, by sending a tape of herself singing one of VersaEmerge's songs, "The Blank Static Screen".[2] She claimed that she was 18 in order to get an audition. She later cleared up this misunderstanding and explained that it was more of a mix-up; she was turning 17 a week from the audition, and she told Harnage on the phone that "I'm 17, my birthday is in a week". This was misconstrued to mean that she was already 17 and was turning 18, but she actually meant that she would be 17 in a week.[4] While the other members of the band weren't too sure about her, Harnage convinced them that she was right for the job.[5]

VersaEmerge released their first EP with Kusterbeck on vocals, Perceptions, in May 2008. They were signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2008, and they released their self-titled EP in 2009 and their debut album Fixed at Zero the following year.

Other work[edit]

Kay featured on English rapper Professor Green's album At Your Inconvenience, on the track "Avalon". The track was later used as part of an advertising campaign for the energy drink Relentless.

In mid to late 2011, Kay revealed that she was called to be the face of a line of shoes for Payless, a shoe company, called Brash. The line was released in early August.[6][7]

Personal life[edit]

Kusterbeck has a tattoo of an adhesive bandage on her left kneecap, as well as a tattoo of the word "TOUR" on her right foot.[8][better source needed]

Discography[edit]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
UK IRE
"Avalon"
(Professor Green featuring Sierra Kusterbeck)
2012 29 95 At Your Inconvenience

Guest appearances[edit]

Title Year Album
"If It Means a Lot to You"[9]
(A Day to Remember featuring Sierra Kusterbeck)
2009 Homesick
"Contagious"
(Anarbor featuring Sierra Kusterbeck)
2011 The Mixtape
"West Coast"
(Brown & Gammon featuring Sierra Kusterbeck)
2013 Non-album single
"(No) Faith in Fate"
(I the Mighty featuring Sierra Kay)
2015 Connector

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