Sierra Deaton came into her own as one half of Alex & Sierra, the indie pop duo who won the third season of The X Factor in 2013. Alex & Sierra featured Deaton alongside her boyfriend Alex Kinsey. After a successful album and EP, the band announced last September that Alex & Sierra had split, due largely to Deaton and Kinsey’s breakup a year prior.
Deaton is now releasing her first solo single “Don't Hurt,” which is a representation of the kind of music Deaton wants to make going forward. “I had only done music with someone else, so it took me a while to not be so afraid of making music on my own,” she notes. “But I think it’s what I was always meant to be doing.”
Sierra says this about the band as she was still trying to make it work, "We both wanted to keep the band going at first. We did try. We did a tour. We did an album together. As you can imagine it was pretty difficult to be living on a bus together and be broken up. It got to the point where if we couldn't be friends to each other then we couldn't be in a band together. The resentment was just growing and it was better off to end it."
After Alex released a song with one of their friends without telling Sierra was the tipping point of the groups break up. "I was like, Okay, well, there’s probably no hope anymore.”
Deaton says the message behind her new single is that she hopes people can take away the idea that sometimes it is best for a relationship to be over. If someone isn't meant to be your best friend anymore that’s fine.
Listen to "Don't Hurt" below.