Sierra Kay

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Sierra Kay
Kay performing on the 2010 Warped Tour.
Background information
Birth name Sierra Kay Kusterbeck
Born (1990-12-18) December 18, 1990 (age 24)
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 A Day To Remember, Anarbor, Blake Harnage, Professor Green, Versa

Sierra Kay Kusterbeck (born December 18, 1990), better known as Sierra Kay, is an American singer-songwriter and model. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the rock band VersaEmerge, which she joined in 2007.

Early life[edit]

Kay 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.



Main article: VersaEmerge

VersaEmerge released their first EP, Cities Built on Sand, in 2005, featuring former members Spencer Pearson on lead vocals, Anthony James on vocals, programming and keys, Josh Center on rhythm guitar, Nick Osborne on bass, and Anthony Martone on drums, as well as current guitarist Blake Harnage. With the departure of Pearson, James, Center, and Osborne, Harnage and Martone recruited former bassist Devin Ingelido from Bury the Ashes.[4] Kay 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] While the other members of the band weren't too sure about her, guitarist Blake Harnage convinced them that she was right for the job.[5]

In 2007, at the age of 16, Kay 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.[6] In 2007, Kay became an official member of VersaEmerge. VersaEmerge released their first EP with Kay on vocals, Perceptions, in May 2008. They were signed to Fueled by Ramen in 2008, and they released their self-titled EP on February 3, 2009.

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.[7][8]

Personal life[edit]

Kay has a tattoo of an adhesive bandage on her left kneecap.[9] She was dating with Alesana's bass guitarrist Shane Crump, but they broke in 2013. The break up left a lot of fans of both musicans speculating that Sierra cheated on Crump, which in turn inspired to Crump on his first solo album of his project named "The Ivory"[10]


As featured artist[edit]

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

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Single Album
2009 "If It Means a Lot to You"[11]
(A Day to Remember featuring Sierra Kay)
2011 "Contagious"
(Anarbor featuring Sierra Kay)
The Mixtape
2011 "Avalon"
(Professor Green featuring Sierra Kay)
At Your Inconvenience
2013 "West Coast"
(Brown & Gammon featuring Sierra Kay)