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Singer/songwriter Sierra Swan's voice can easily be compared to the smoldering vocal richness of Linda Perry, P!nk, and Fiona Apple. As the daughter of guitarist Billy Swan, she and her sister Planet followed in their father's footsteps and learned the trade of performing early on. Sierra played at various coffee houses as a teenager and landed a residency at Goldfinger's in Hollywood at 18. In 1997, she and fellow Scotsman Graham Edwards (bass) formed the electronic pop act Dollshead. The duo released Frozen Charlotte in 1998 before being dropped by MCA. Swan's creative aspirations were still intact; she contributed vocals to Cold's 13 Ways to Bleed on Stage and Year of the Spider albums and collaborated with the Neptunes' Chad Hugo before signing a solo deal with Atlantic. While writing and recording material for her debut album, Sierra's mother took ill and passed away. It wasn't long before Swan once again found herself without a label. A chance meeting with songwriter Linda Perry got things back on track; throughout 2005 the two wrote and recorded material for her first proper album, and Ladyland was released on Interscope in spring 2006. The album featured guest vocals by Aimee Mann and additional production work by Bill Bottrell (Sheryl Crow, Elton John). Swan followed that album with an iTunes-only EP release in 2007 entitled Coward, as well as issuing online albums, including 2008's Queen of the Valley and 2009's Girl Who Cried Wolf. In 2014 she returned with Good Soldier, an album produced by Smashing Pumpkins leading man Billy Corgan and mixed by Bjorn Thorsrud. ~ MacKenzie Wilson, Rovi