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April 5, 1978 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S
Sierra Marie Swan (born April 5, 1978) is an American musician.
Swan was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of singer-songwriter and guitarist Billy Swan. During her many nights backstage while her father played rhythm guitar for Kris Kristofferson, she decided to become a professional musician.
Swan was part of the duo Dollshead with Graham Edwards. Swan was also briefly a member of The Black Eyed Peas from 1998-2000, featuring on the song "Fallin' Up". She has released various albums and EPs since 2006. Her most recent work is the album Good Soldier, released on February 25, 2014 and produced by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.
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 from 1998-2000, 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."
In 2014 Swan released the Billy Corgan-produced album Good Soldier.
- 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
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 by Cold, on the songs "No One" & "Witch"
- Year of the Spider by Cold, 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