IAA Industry News: What city and state are you from?
Sierra Samone: I’m from Philadelphia, PA. I was born and raised in South Philly, but I spent most of my teenage years in Uptown (West Oak Lane). I had it rough growing up and was considerably poor. My mom ,brother and I were evicted from our home in South Philly and we moved to Sharon Hill, PA with my grandma. Shortly after that my brother and I moved with my father to North Philly and later we got a house in Uptown.
IAA Industry News: What is your music background?
Sierra Samone: Growing up, music was everywhere around me. My mom used to do hair right out of our living room and she would blast music all day long. She played mostly R&B and I loved it, but I would get this crazy feeling inside when she played rap music. Moving with my father put me right in my element because all he did was listen to Hip-Hop. He would pick me up from school blasting everything from Jay-Z, Jadakiss & Kanye West to Slick Rick, Rakim, Biggie Smalls & even The Beastie Boys. At one point, my dad had so many CDs laying around that I would take them and just listen. It was history after that. I believe I was 12 when I wrote my first rap and it actually wasn’t bad. After that, Ididn’t stop. I just got more and more addicted to music and it’s crazy because I couldn’t sing but I did it anyway. At about 13, I discovered I had a little singing voice. It just came out of nowhere but I was excited. I taught myself how to control my pitch, range, and tone. I even taught myself to harmonize. I would say I’m equally gifted at rapping and singing. I usually use rap as an outlet for frustration and anger & I usually turn to R&B to say all the little mushy or in my feelings type of things my pride and somewhat hard exterior would never allow me to say. Music is everything to me.
IAA Industry News: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
Sierra Samone: I’ve always felt like it was my purpose to do music. I’ve also always felt like I have so many great ideas and music inside of me that once my music really spreads there is no way people won’t listen or at least feel what I’m saying in my songs. I’ve been through so many things and have experienced so much that I can actually get their ear of so many just like me and different; that’s my goal.
IAA Industry News: What are your songs about?
Sierra Samone: I have songs about many different topics. Most of my music is about past experiences and some present. I don’t like to claim my music as violent, but some of it is surely aggressive and will catch your attention from beginning to end. I’m into story-telling and I think I do that in my music as well. There’s no limit to what I will make a song about so I can’t really name anything specific. I just write about life and real events that most face while just dealing with this crazy world.
IAA Industry News: Who are your musical influences?
Sierra Samone: Anyone that is willing to support me, I’m down with it. Everyone is welcome to be a fan of mine. I definitely feel more people that have experienced some of the things I speak on or even came from a similar rough background will understand me more. My music is not only for my generation. I want old heads to be able to vibe to Sierra Samone and know that there’s still real artist with real talent making real music out here. I believe being exposed to 80’s Hip-Hop has a major influence on me musically. I love J.Cole; he’s my favorite current rapper, hands down.
IAA Industry News: How would you describe your music to people?
Sierra Samone: I think my music is provocative. I feel when you turn on my music, your juices should start flowing. I would also describe it as therapeutic. A lot of the times I listen to aggressive or hard core rap and it’s actually relaxing. I hope my music has that same effect on people, where they can just kick back and picture my words and think about the situation. Even though I’m a rap artist, I feel my music is soul music because that’s where it’s coming from.
IAA Industry News: What makes you stand out from other artists?
Sierra Samone: I rap and I sing. I don’t just carry a tune, but I can really blow. I do not just rap, but I can battle and even freestyle with some of the hottest. I write music in many different genres (rap, R&B, pop, rock) and my musical abilities are wide-stretched. I can dance and also act very well. If this music blows up for me, there’s no telling where my many talents will take me. I’m so grateful.
IAA Industry News: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
Sierra Samone: I just dropped my debut EP called “Respect Da Gap.” It is just the beginning of a wave I’m starting around my whole “Respect Da Gap” slogan. I’m currently working on “R.D.G. the Mixtape Vol.1” and my visuals for the tracks are from my “Respect Da Gap” EP.
IAA Industry News: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Sierra Samone: 10 years from now, I see myself touring and really being at the peak of my music career. I want to have already put my stamp on the music and acting industry and just showing that I always have more to offer. My goal is not only to be famous and big for my music but to be legendary. I feel there is no limit to what I can do with music and I will never lose the passion to do what I love. Any fans want access my music? I’m Sierra Samone and I’m on SoundCloud, iTunes, Spotify, YouTube and many more.
IAA Industry News: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
Facebook: Sierra Samone