Alex & SIerra are an indie folk-pop duo from Orlando, Florida mentored by Simon Cowell on season 3 of the American version of the X-Factor. The duo won the show on December 19, 2013, becoming the first and only group in the show's history to win. They are also the second act mentored by Simon to win, the other being season 1 winner Melanie Amaro.
The duo consists of Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton.
Alex & Sierra met on a Florida beach in 2009 and have been dating ever since. They share a passion for music and have been performing together for a while, even posting covers of themselves singing such songs as "I Knew You Were Trouble" by Taylor Swift and "If I Didn't Know Better" by the Civil Wars on YouTube. They even auditioned for season 12 of American Idol. While producers said no to Sierra, Alex made it to Hollywood week.
Both were students at the University of Central Florida when they decided to try out for the X-Factor.
X-Factor (American version)
Alex & Sierra tried out for the show in New Orleans where they sang "Toxic" by Britney Spears. Their stripped-down version of the song wowed Simon Cowell and his fellow judges Demi Lovato, Kelly Rowland, and Paulina Rubio. They made it to the next round and then the live shows where they showed what they were really made of, impressing week after week with their take on such songs as "Blurred Lines" by Robin Thicke to "Best Song Ever" by One Direction to their breakthrough performance of "Say Something" by A Great Big World and Christina Aguilera. Both "Say Something" and their cover of the Sara Bareilles song "Gravity" both hit number 1 on iTunes during their time on the show. They became the first X Factor contestants to ever acheive that feat.
Alex & Sierra won the X-Factor on December 19, 2013. They are the first and only group to win the show.
In one of their post-show interviews, Alex & Sierra said that they plan to get to work on their debut album as quickly as possible. They later revealed via Instagram that they are now signed to Columbia Records.Their first album, It's About Us, will be released sometime in summer 2014. They got to work with songwriters ranging from John Legend to Jason Mraz to One Direction's Harry Styles. Their first single, "Scarecrow", was released on May 27, 2014.
Alex & Sierra will be opening for singer-songwriter Colbie Calliat on her Gypsy Heart Tour, which kicks off on August 27, 2014 in Denver, Colorado.
- It's About Us (2014)
- "Say Something" (2013)
- "Scarecrow" (2014)