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South Fayette alum follows dream to Nashville

| Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, 5:06 p.m.
Sierra Molinda graduated South Fayette High School in 2013. During her high school years, she was on the varsity soccer and varsity track teams, took honors and AP courses, sang with the Vocal Express Show Choir, performed in the school musicals, painted and rode horses. She also was involved with Horses with Hope in providing therapeutic riding and she volunteered with the Pittsburgh Food Bank, her church, and Beads for Life. But she always knew she was truly herself when she was singing.
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Sierra Molinda graduated South Fayette High School in 2013. During her high school years, she was on the varsity soccer and varsity track teams, took honors and AP courses, sang with the Vocal Express Show Choir, performed in the school musicals, painted and rode horses. She also was involved with Horses with Hope in providing therapeutic riding and she volunteered with the Pittsburgh Food Bank, her church, and Beads for Life. But she always knew she was truly herself when she was singing.

Sierra Molinda graduated South Fayette High School in 2013. During her high school years, she was on the varsity soccer and varsity track teams, took honors and AP courses, sang with the Vocal Express Show Choir, performed in the school musicals, painted and rode horses. She also was involved with Horses with Hope in providing therapeutic riding and she volunteered with the Pittsburgh Food Bank, her church, and Beads for Life. But she always knew she was truly herself when she was singing.

Molinda credits Johnny Cash, David Nail and Dolly Parton as helping to influence her passion for performing. Blessed with a 4-octave range, she started as a child singing hymns in her church and enjoyed singing the “old songs” with her father and grandmother on the family's back porch.

She moved to Nashville, Tennesse, in May 2014 to pursue music and attend Belmont University. Eventually she transferred to Trevecca Nazarene University, taking online courses to obtain her degree in humanities and management business while following her goals in country music, film and modeling.

“I broke into this business by being myself,” Molinda said. “I have made numerous contacts which include producers, presidents of companies, songwriters and more. My new song (“Chase”) is currently on iTunes and the next release will be my first album.”

She has sung the national anthem at many sports events and continues to get regular singing engagements at places like Crazy Town and Tequila Cowboy.

She recently signed with a western wear company called Ely & Walker which makes clothing for Boot Barn and the Jack Daniels label. She is appearing in their upcoming catalog.

She also is newly engaged to Stephen Adkins who appears with her in the Ely & Walker catalog. They are planning their wedding for May 2018.

“I have met so many great people here and Nashville feels like home,” Molinda stated. “I owe so much to my parents, Greg and Laurie Molinda. My brothers and entire family have been supportive and I am so blessed. I advise to always be yourself. Follow your dreams and don't let others decide your future.”

Learn more at www.sierramolinda.com or on Instagram at sierramolindamusic.

Charlotte Smith is a Tribune-Review contributing writer. Reach her at 724-693-9441 or charlotte59@comcast.net.

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