Sierra Swan

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Sierra Swan
Birth name Sierra Marie Swan
Born (1978-04-05) April 5, 1978 (age 40)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Occupation(s) Musician
Associated acts

Sierra Marie Swan (born April 5, 1978) is an American musician. She is known for her work with Dollshead, Black Eyed Peas and as a solo artist.


Early life[edit]

Swan is the daughter of 70's country and pop musician Billy Swan who played rhythm guitar for Kris Kristofferson.[1] She was born in Los Angeles, California in April 1978. Swan's love with music started at an early age. During her many nights backstage while her father played, she decided to become a professional musician.[citation needed] 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. Swan also had influences from Tori Amos.


When she was sixteen Swan began playing at coffeehouses in Los Angeles. At eighteen she got a residency in Hollywood at Goldfinger's.[1]

In 1997, Swan got together with Graham Edwards and Dollshead was formed. The band was signed and eventually dropped from MCA.[2] After Dollshead, Swan was a member of The Black Eyed Peas from 1998-2000, featuring on the song "Fallin' Up".

After leaving the Black Eyed Peas she went solo. Swan was discovered by Anne Previn and Scott Cutler of Ednaswap. She wrote several songs with Previn and Cutler. In 2001, she was signed to Atlantic Records.[2]

She has released various albums and EPs since 2006.

She completed the Queen Of The Valley LP, which was originally titled Queen of the Valley Girls. However, she was dropped from her label which delayed release until 2008.[3] The LP featured such producers as Chad Hugo (of The Neptunes) and Linda Perry (formerly of the musical group 4 Non Blondes).[3]

Linda Perry worked with Swan on her next (and officially, her first) album, Ladyland.[4] The album included a duet with 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."[citation needed]

Swan released an EP entitled Coward, available on iTunes only, in 2007. She has subsequently released songs via her Web site or via MySpace. Her albums are available on iTunes.[5]

Swan has also toured and collaborated with Dave Stewart, Ringo Starr, and Frank Black.

Her most recent solo work is the album Good Soldier, released on February 25, 2014 and produced by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins.

She played with The Smashing Pumpkins on their 2016 in Plainsong tour, singing and playing various instruments.[6]


LadyLand (2006)
  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)
  1. "Coward"
  2. "Same Ol' Way"
  3. "Bring Me In"
  4. "Depression"
  5. "Empty of You"
  6. "Ramona"
Queen of the Valley (2008)
  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"
Good Soldier (2014)
Produced by Billy Corgan. Engineered and Mixed by Bjorn Thorsrud
  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

Guest vocals[edit]

Swan is credited with Guest Vocals on the following albums:


  1. ^ a b "Artist Biography by MacKenzie Wilson". All Media Network. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-29. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b "CBSi". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  4. ^ "Sierra-Swan". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  5. ^ "Sierra Swan on Apple Music". Retrieved 2016-11-22. 
  6. ^ "Smashing Pumpkins Reunite With Guitarist James Iha at L.A. Concert". Billboard. Retrieved 28 March 2016. 

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