Sierra Bernal is a curious study. A self-described “eccentric,” she is a Southern Belle with Texas grit. She finds herself equally at home at a fancy party or fishing in a remote pond in the wide open fields of Texas. Her quick wit and fiery attitude are immediately noticeable.  But of all her traits, it’s strength that stands out. She and her family are used to challenges and what it takes to overcome them – a definite plus for someone pursuing a career in music. She faces challenges with grace and wisdom of one beyond her years, culling material from her interesting upbringing as an identical twin (with a twist).

“I’ve experienced life in a very different way than most my age and think I matured quickly because of it,” Sierra says thoughtfully. “I am one of a rare set of twins as my twin Sienna has Primordial Dwarfism and additional special needs. As the family works to showcase Sienna’s uniqueness, we bring awareness to the fact that conditions don’t define us or define who each of us is meant to become. Because of this, allowing for a diversity of experiences in life helps with songwriting.”

A vocalist, musician, and songwriter, whose talent allows her the ability to hang with seasoned artists, Sierra’s course began when, at age 5, she stated that if she couldn’t be a crocodile hunter (yes, just like Steve Irwin) she would become a singer. At age 10, she overcame a case of stage fright to sing an a cappella version of Patsy Cline’s “Walkin’ After Midnight” in a talent show. Stunning the audience into silence as they listened, the thrill of being on stage set in and she was hooked. Revealing later to the Houston Press that singing was a “hobby” she and Sienna shared, their story caught the attention of vocal coach, Gary Bankston, who was later quoted as saying Sierra’s “lyrics are pure poetry.”

“Gary called and offered free vocal lessons because he was so touched by our story,” Sierra recalls. “We took him up on the offer, of course, and it was through working with him that I learned to be confident and own that I am truly an artist.”

Known throughout the music community in TX and Nashville, Sierra consistently writes and gathers material for new songs. Having penned hundreds of songs already, she is quickly gaining the respect of seasoned songwriters.

“As a young songwriter, I appreciate that Taylor Swift paved the way for us to be taken seriously. She broke all the rules, and I’m often told that I don’t follow the norm either,” Sierra says.

Sierra has performed at Nashville’s famous venues Bluebird Café, Commodore Grill and The Fontanel, as well as many in and around Texas such as at the Outlaws & Legends Festival in Abilene. Her acclaimed sets have been also seen at Dosey Doe’s Big Barn, Main Street Crossing, Puffabelly’s, The Empty Glass, and at noted events like the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo Cook-off.

Aiming to stay original, perhaps the biggest compliment given to her is that, “she has a sound all her own.” A common theme after seeing her perform so confidently, and hearing self-penned songs, the sentiment has come from the likes of songwriter Tommy Barnes (“Indian Outlaw”/Tim McGraw, “My Love”/Little Texas) and producer Bryan Austin (Steve Wariner, Clint Black).

When not performing, Sierra enjoys actual hobbies of shooting, fishing, and traveling. She reads avidly, dances and gives back when she is able. With a heart bigger than her physical stature, Sierra has participated in fundraising projects for Linked with Liam, a non-profit that helps families who have children fighting cancer.  Additionally, Sierra wishes to perform for Wounded Warriors as a way to honor her brother Austin, who is serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

More than anything, Sierra wants her audience to see her as an authentic talent, a strong female with high values who loves to sing and laugh with others and, at herself.

“This industry is quite challenging but is fun,” she says. “It’s fun to write a song that people enjoy and relate to. It’s fun to be on stage and see them singing along. For me, the fun has just begun, and I can’t wait to see where this road takes me.”

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