The Local 913: Sierra Sellers
Sewickly native Seirra Sellers grew up on a steady stream of R&B, rock, country and gospel thanks to her family’s eclectic taste. She found herself gravitating towards neo-soul artists like Jill Scott, India Arie and Lauryn Hill. Sellers found encouragement in a very good group of friends she’d met throughout her life, especially at St. Vincent College, where she recently graduated.
"I always sang. I sang in the children’s choir at church. I would write music on the side and wouldn’t tell anybody, I was very shy about it. I didn’t start pursuing it until college. It was just one of those things where I always wanted to do it. I was like “Sierra, if you’re gonna do this, you gotta do it now.” I was actually supposed to play basketball in college, but I quit, so I could pursue music. I met some people at school and they helped me get to where I am now.”
The public parts of being a performer did not exactly match up with her shy personality
“I’ve always been an old soul. Wise beyond my years, I guess. I’m very quiet and recluse. I observe a lot. I take in those observations and I narrate them in my own perspective. It was just all of that bubbling up and I needed an outlet. I don’t really talk to many people in that deep way.
People don’t know, but I’m terrified. I have really bad stage fright. But, it’s kind of like that conversation I had with myself: “If you wanna do this, this is your chance. Man up!” I tell myself anytime I get into the booth and record. I’m like “if you wanna be a singer, prove it.”
For more on Sierra Sellers, go to her SoundCloud page.