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Sierra is from Tampa, Florida, and auditioned in Orlando. She was also a contestant on Star Search before auditioning for Idol, and was a nanny. Sierra started singing in church at the age of 3. As a teenager, she performed for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush in singing and dancing ensembles. She first auditioned for Idol in the second season, but was rejected.

She was eliminated on March 30, during 1990s music week, after she sang LeAnn Rimes' "On the Side of Angels", surprising some fans since Simon Cowell had previously stated that she was one of the strongest female vocalists in the competition.

Sierra dated fellow American Idol 4 contestant, Nikko Smith for several months. In an April 2006 article in the Tennessean, Sierra confirmed the relationship but said the two broke up shortly after New Year's.

American Idol performances

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A 59-year-old man from California was arrested on January 17, 2006 at the home of Sierra's grandmother. Tampa police reported that Daniel Young left at least 40 voicemail messages telling Sierra that he loved her and was willing to go to jail for her.[1] Sierra has teamed up with the United States Department of Justice’s National Stalking Resource Center, helping to better inform the American people of the risks of and remedies for stalking. Sierra will work closely with Diane Stuart, Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, United States Department of Justice, and will be featured in a national campaign to promote awareness of this issue.

In late 2006, Jessica recorded a song, "Unbroken", for a Toys "R" Us Exclusive CD that came with the purchase of a Sony CD player.

Sierra currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee and is writing and recording with producer Nick Brophy. Brophy has worked with The Rolling Stones, Avril Lavigne and Phil Vassar. Jessica is also co-writing songs with Joy Vassar (the wife of the aforementioned Phil Vassar). Jessica is managed by Verge Management.

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On April 29, 2007, Sierra was arrested in Tampa's Hyde Park. At the Hyde Park Cafe, she was accused of throwing a cocktail glass at another patron's head, striking him above the eye, according to Tampa police. When police arrested the 21-year-old singer, she was belligerent and uncooperative, police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. After she was placed in the squad car, officers had to threaten her with leg restraints, Davis said, because Sierra repeatedly kicked at the car windows so hard the officers thought they would break. When Sierra was transported to the Orient Road Jail, police reportedly found a small bag of cocaine in her purse. She denied the cocaine was hers, according to her arrest report, but when asked, said that no one besides the police had possession of her purse that day. She was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, possession of cocaine and introduction of contraband into a detention facility. Sierra was released on $11,500 bail.