Country Music Explosion:Thanks for doing this interview,Let's first start off by giving us a little background of your life,then we can proceed to the rest of the interview

Sierra Bernal:I'm a Twin with a Marine brother.I'm a foodie,a dog lover,I love to shoot and fish & can be a goof ball at times.
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Q & A SEGMENT OF THE INTERVIEW

Country Music Explosion:When did you start writing about music—and what or who were your early passions and influences?

Sierra Bernal:I started writing songs when I was 12 years old. I’ve always listened to a wide variety of music, from Bill Withers to Katy Perry to Hank Williams Jr. and everything in between, so pin pointing my early musical influences would be hard, but I can say that I particularly liked Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, Dwight Yoakam, and Avril Lavigne when I started writing songs. As I got older, though, my music started shifting and mixing with the musical influences that I had before I was a songwriter.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your main impulses to write music?

Sierra Bernal:The desire to keep my sanity is a huge impulse for me to write music haha. I think that people (including myself) tend to write about the most; the most confusing, the most exciting, the most upsetting, the most angering, the most of anything because writing about it tends to help us understand it.
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Country Music Explosion:How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city/state you are currently living in and how important is it in terms of what you're actually writing about?

Sierra Bernal:The music scene where I live is growing, which is very exciting. I live in Texas so a lot of us listen to Texas Country, so I would definitely say that the Texas Country sound does have an influence on my sound and how I write along with the other sounds of music that I typically listen to.
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Country Music Explosion:When it comes to song writing, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a writer?

Sierra Bernal:I could talk for hours about what I feel is the criteria of a good song, because there are so many different aspects of it. I am my harshest critic when it comes to my craft. Of course there’s logistical challenges, but creatively speaking I think one of the main challenges I faced and many face or have faced is figuring out my/their own individual sound. It can be frustrating when you’re writing and writing and you feel like something's missing, but you’re not sure what it is. However, once you’ve figure out your sound (though it may change over the years), as I believe I have and am, every creative challenge seems a little less difficult and a lot more fun.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you usually start with when working on a new Music?

Sierra Bernal:There are so many different steps that occur when I’m writing a song, it can start with chords, then melody, then lyrics, and so forth or it could be the exact opposite. I will say, though, that when I’m working on new music I typically tend to start with the title/main idea of the song(s).
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Country Music Explosion:Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, information gathering and fact-checking in general?

Sierra Bernal:I do not plan to ever stop learning about my craft, because I believe we should always continue to learn—continue to improve. When I was starting out with songwriting I would write every idea that I had, even now I still try to write about as much as I can.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you see the role of a song writer in the creative process? Should it amplify public taste, distinguish the good from the bad, inform, promote artists, or, “illuminate, educate and entertain” fans? Do you feel that, as part of your work, music needs to be explained or should it retain its “inexplicable nature”?

Sierra Bernal:The role of the songwriter in the creative process is extremely important. In most genres of music the melody, the lyrics, and the rhyme chords are the roots of every song; the songwriter’s job is to create those parts.
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Country Music Explosion:In which way does writing and reading about music change the way it is perceived by the public?

Sierra Bernal:The more you know about music and songwriting, the more you can analyze a song. This analyzing can change your views on what a good song is. It could even change your taste in music as you start to figure out what specific things you like or don’t prefer in a song.
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Country Music Explosion:Whom do you feel your obligation is to other artists and the fans,not writing for a publication ? In how much do you feel is songwriting restricted by external factors?

Sierra Bernal:I think a songwriter’s focus should be to continue to just make good music. When an artist stays true to themselves, everything falls into place.
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Country Music Explosion:song writing have changed considerably over the past century. What, do you feel, could – or should - be new forms and formats for song writing?

Sierra Bernal:People nowadays, including myself, are mixing genres and sounds into their music more so than ever, this is very exciting because it’s leading to newer sounds of music.
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Country Music Explosion:Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are presenting both listeners and artists with challenging questions. What's your view on the value of music today?

Sierra Bernal:Music is as valuable today as ever.
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Country Music Explosion:When and why did you start playing Music and/or songwriting?

Sierra Bernal:I started writing songs when I was 12 years old. I had toyed with music and the idea of it for a while until one day I just decided that I wanted to make a career of it. So I learned the guitar and the next week wrote my first song. I’ve been writing and making music ever since.
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Country Music Explosion:Which instruments do you play?

Sierra Bernal:I play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, tambourine, and resonator guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:Is your family musical?

Sierra Bernal:Though my mom has some knowledge of music and can secretly sing, my family really wasn’t “musical” until I started getting into it. Now one of my siblings can DJ and my twin, despite being hearing impaired, is learning to play the drums.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians do you admire? Why?

Sierra Bernal:I look up to so many different musicians and artists for so many different reasons.
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Country Music Explosion:Which famous musicians have you learned from?

Sierra Bernal:I’ve learned from watching and listening to many different musicians, famous or not. There is always someone who can inspire you.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you play any instruments,if so which ones?

Sierra Bernal:I play the acoustic guitar, electric guitar, piano, tambourine, and resonator guitar.
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Country Music Explosion:What are your fondest musical memories? In your house? In your neighborhood or town?

Sierra Bernal:Music has brought me many wonderful memories both inside and outside of my house. There are a few gigs in particular that I have some of my fondest memories, but the shows where I give the audience all of my energy and attention and they give me theirs are always unforgettable. My family loves having a house filled with music. It’s not uncommon for someone to randomly break out in song as if in a musical. haha
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Country Music Explosion:Were you influenced by old records & tapes? Which ones?

Sierra Bernal:My influences are drawn from both older and more modern songs. Ray Charles “Georgia On My Mind” and Bill Withers “Ain’t No Sunshine” are some of the older songs that have influenced my sound.
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Country Music Explosion:Who are your favorite musicians? Groups? CD's?

Sierra Bernal:I love so many different artists; it’d be difficult to narrow down my favorites.
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Country Music Explosion:Have you been in competitions? Any prizes?

Sierra Bernal:I was 13 years old when I started doing gigs, but I have not done many competitions. I do remember doing one when I was thirteen and I ended up winning 155 Chick-Fil-A free meal coupons in their Chick-Fil-A Idol contest. It was awesome!
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Country Music Explosion:Do you perform in public? Describe those occasions? Concerts, radio, TV.online?

Sierra Bernal:I have played on the radio before, but you can typically catch me at my gigs, which I post about on my social media.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you in a band or a solo artist,if your in a band,what is the name of it

Sierra Bernal:I’m a solo artist with a band.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you handle mistakes during a performance?

Sierra Bernal:Everyone makes a mistake every now and then; that’s how we learn. Once you’ve prepared as much as you can, you have to just go out there and have a good time. If you mess up, just shake it off and keep going, because sometimes your reaction to the mess up can be more noticeable than the mistake itself.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you get nervous before a performance or a competition?

Sierra Bernal:I would not say that I get nervous before a performance, but I still get the adrenaline boost before and during a show.
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Country Music Explosion:What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?

Sierra Bernal:If I were to give advice to a beginner about being nervous I would say, “just relax and give it your all. If you have a good time then there’s a good chance that the audience will too. So embrace your nervousness.”
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Country Music Explosion:Do you attend sessions? What makes a good session?

Sierra Bernal:I believe that a good session, songwriting or studio, occurs when the people participating have good chemistry, open minds, and it helps if they are knowledgeable of their craft.
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Country Music Explosion:How often and for how long do you practice?

Sierra Bernal:I typically practice for an hour to three hours every day, that doesn’t even include practices for instrumental growth.
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Country Music Explosion:What do you practice - exercises, new tunes, hard tunes, etc.?

Sierra Bernal:I try to practice everything that I want to maintain and/or strengthen.
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Country Music Explosion:How do you balance your music with other obligations - friends,family, job?

Sierra Bernal:It took me a good while to figure out how to balance work and family and friends. I am really close with the people that I work with, and my family is extremely supportive of my music so that helps a lot. I don’t have a large group of friends, but the friends I do have are extremely supportive as well so they understand if I can’t always hang out.
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Country Music Explosion:Are you currently looking to be signed to a label?If so,can you give us a little insight on how you see the way things are done?is it like a big family?

Sierra Bernal:I wouldn’t consider getting signed by a label the only option, due to today’s technological advances there are so many ways to do things, but I still definitely consider it as an option.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have any new releases coming out soon?if so,what is the name of the song and is it available now for pre-order?

Sierra Bernal:I am currently working on an album. I will be releasing a single from my album around late October.
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Country Music Explosion:Where can your music be purchased?

Sierra Bernal:My music will be available soon on iTunes, Amazon, and at live shows.
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Country Music Explosion:Do you have social media accounts where fans can reach out to you?if so,what is the URL for them?

Sierra Bernal:Yes,you can follow me at the following

Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/SierraBernalSings/

Twitter:https://twitter.com/Sierra_Bernal

Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/sierra_bernal/

Website: www.SierraBernal.com
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This Concludes the interview,We hope you enjoyed it.