Kiara Rivera was singing before she could even walk. Something she would never outgrow. To this day, music is the main focus of her life. Kiara listens to all types of music, but loves the alternative/pop punk bands like Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, The Academy Is, Cobra Starship among others.
In 2004, at the age of 9, Kiara won the Radio Disney Rockstar competition. She received a one year contract with Arlene Wilson Management. During that time, Kiara did modeling for print ads for stores like Carson, Pirie, Scott and a few others but felt something was missing. Kiara says, “modeling was a great experience and I loved doing it but I missed singing and performing for people. Arlene Wilson focused on modeling and acting and couldn’t offer me what I truly wanted.” After completing her one year obligation, Kiara went on to compete in two competitions in 2005. In May, she competed with over 100 kids in a national competition in Orlando, Florida. Although she didn’t win the competition, she placed in the top 5. From there she traveled to Chattanooga, Tennessee to audition for American Juniors but was not selected. “After my audition at American Juniors I realized that it was not going to be easy. From that day forward I made sure to practice everyday and do everything I could to make myself better.” Focusing on her talent, she joined the school choir and started taking guitar lessons with Michael Powell. Michael Powell is a guitar instructor/songwriter/producer in the Chicago area. After a few months of lessons Michael asked Kiara what she wanted to do. Kiara told him that she wanted to learn guitar but what she really loved was singing. After nearly six months of guitar lessons, he finally heard her sing. Michael Powell then called singer/songwriter/voice teacher/vocal coach, Deborah Connors. Deborah became Kiara’s vocal coach, and both of them produced and wrote Dark Days.
2008 was the year that Kiara truly began to evolve as an artist. In April, she was cast in the starring role of Annie at her school play. She was accepted into the Chicago Academy For the Arts Music Department. The Chicago Academy for the Arts is the only independent art school in the state of Illinois and only 1 of 5 independent schools in the country that provides professional arts training and a comprehensive academic education. Kiara recorded her first song, “Dark Days”. In August, she entered Teen Idol at the Mill competition, sponsored by Golf Mill Mall in Illinois, Niles Public Library, and KISS FM Chicago. Over 60 teens from ages 13 to 19 competed. Kiara was one of the youngest contestants and at age 14, took first place. Kiara was finally becoming what she had always wanted to be, a talented and focused vocalist, with the unique and expressive ability to draw listeners in. During 2008, Kiara showcased her abilities and wowed every crowd with her performances.
In 2009, now 14, Kiara is gearing up for a busy year. She is in the process of recording new material, studying music theory, voice, ear training, piano, reading and more. “I could not do it without the support of everyone around me. This wouldn’t be happening without my parents, my sisters, and my family. Michael Powell and Deborah Connors have helped me find myself as an artist. And last but not least, I thank God for giving me the vocal abilities and perseverance.”