There have been a number of all-female groups to have some level of success in Christian music. For many, Point Of Grace comes to mind first. And while they among the first, they weren’t the last. Through the early 1990s and into the early part of the 2000s it seemed like every year or two another all-female act would emerge.
One of the earliest was Sierra. Fronted by Wendy Foy Green, who had some earlier success as a solo artist, Sierra formed in 1992. Wendy had grown up singing with her two sisters and missed the three part harmony, so she started the group with Deborah Schnelle and Jennifer Hendrix.
Star Song Records signed Sierra and their first album, “Sierra” was released in 1994. The first single from that record, “When I Let It Go,” came in at #34 for the 1994 year end chart. “No Stone To Throw,” the second single, reached #78 on the 1995 year end chart.
It was in that time frame that I first met the group. I had the opportunity to spend a little time with them over the next few years at concerts and radio industry events. I’ve managed to keep in touch loosely with Wendy through social media.
Sierra would go on to release two more albums with Star Song and then signed with Pamplin Music and put out two more albums. Deborah Schnelle left the group, weary from constant touring and wanting to spend more time with her family, in 1998 and was replaced by Marianne Tutalo. Sierra had 15 top 5 singles, including 7 that went to #1. They disbanded in 2002.
Sierra produced at least one music video while with Star Song Records, the single “No Stone To Throw” from their debut album. I did manage to find a fan generated video of another of my favorite Sierra songs, “Hope For The Hopeless.” The song came in at #11 on the 1997 year end chart. The video is a static shot of the 1996 “Devotion” album cover and the audio from the song.
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