Sierra McClain credits her confidence and success on her experiences working with her sisters.
The 23-year-old Empire actress spent years in a girl group with China and Lauryn before breaking into acting.
“I don’t think I would’ve been as comfortable at all if I hadn’t had the background of working with my sisters,” Sierra told TeenVogue.com. “Even watching my sisters has helped me, too. Even though I haven’t worked in a while, I was on set constantly, so I feel like I’ve been around it forever even if I wasn’t necessarily in front of the camera.”
She continued, “And then all of my studio work with my father, [music producer and engineer, Michael McClain] definitely prepared me for the studio sessions here…I was so nervous in the beginning; I didn’t know if I could do this. But it was him talking to me and calling me saying, ‘Listen, you’ve been doing this forever here with me and with the girls. You can do it. You’re ready for it. Go in there and be confident.’ There’s no telling what would’ve happened if I hadn’t had that.”
Catch Sierra on Empire this season, Wednesdays @ 9PM on Fox.
The 23-year-old actress/singer recently opened up about bonding with her co-star Serayah.
“We’ve gotten close. It was hard coming to Chicago by myself,” Sierraa told TeenVogue.com. “At some point, my mother was with me, then Lauryn came up here to be with me, and then they left.”
“But for the premiere of the show, Serayah texted me, ‘Hey, where are you watching the show?’ I told her, ‘I’m just here in my hotel room’ and she was like, ‘You should come over!’” Sierra said. “So I went over there, and we laughed and we ate. I don’t know if she really knows how much I really appreciated it, but I was here by myself and it was the premiere, and I was away from my family. She didn’t have to do that; she had no reason to be as sweet as she has been. But it really meant…so much. And I had a blast, and ate a home-cooked meal for the first time in God knows how long!”
In the song you can hear lyrics like: “I like my eyes, and my skin, and all within”; “happy goddess with history, of beauty and strength and that’s all me”; there ain’t nothing like it, that black girl magic”.
Nessa is “Shine’s (Xzibit) loyal protégé who, upon first glance, is merely a timid follower to Lucious’ former partner in crime. Nessa A second listen, however, reveals she is a rare talent with a killer voice whom Lucious (Terrence Howard) is determined to sign to Empire’s roster.”
“Excited to finally share the news. Grind time!!” Sierra wrote after the announcement on Twitter.