Kierra Gray is a contemporary singer-songwriter, music instructor, and workshop facilitator for The Young Musician's University. She is often described as a storyteller through song. Her father, a professional musician, and mother opened up a music school where Kierra was introduced to the piano at the age of 4. She continued her musical journey taking lessons in drums, guitar, voice, and violin. Through her exploration of music, she discovered that her real passion was songwriting.
Gray was selected as a 2018 National YoungArts Winner in the Voice/Singer-Songwriter discipline. She was flown out to Miami, Florida for a week of intensive masterclasses and performances. While there, she got to work with Tony award-winning vocal coach and therapist, Joan Lader, and Grammy award-winning artist, Lisa Fischer. Gray also had the amazing opportunity to be mentored by the late, Grammy award-winning, Betty Wright. Kierra provided two original songs for the 2020 Korean documentary, Permission to Exist. Her debut single, "Kitty Kat," a female empowerment song about friendship and sisterhood, was released on International Women's Day, March 8th, 2020. She wrote her second single, "Slow Down," after witnessing the effects of the COVID pandemic causing a global standstill. Gray was also selected to write a song for the National YoungArts Foundation's 2020 Fall Art Exhibition, do it (home). You can find the song, "Look Straight Don't See," on Youtube and on the YoungArts Exhibition website.