HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - You may not know her name, but if you love music, you probably know some of the recording artists Kiln native Sera Buras has worked with over the years. The singer/songwriter already has four albums under her belt, and she's set to release another with Sony Records.
WLOX News first introduced you to Sera Buras in 1998 when she was just 18 years old. The daughter of a Pentecostal minister, Sera started her music career in church. Her big break came in the music industry after she wrote a hit song entitled "Crazy Chick" for a European artist.
"It was a song I wrote driving in my car, actually on my way to Walmart in Bay St. Louis back right before the hurricane, Hurricane Katrina. A girl named Charlotte Church, she was looking for a pop song. She came to the States. She went with it, the label went with it and it became a number one song for me as a songwriter. So that opened a lot of doors for me," explained Sera.
Since then, Sera has worked with several big name performers.
"I've worked with Michael Bolton. He and I have written songs. I opened up several shows for him and was on tour with him. I've worked with Usher; I've recorded in his studio. Ronnie McDowell. I was getting ready to do a duet with George Jones; sad to say we didn't get to it before he passed away. It was a song called 'Water Under The Bridge' that he really loved. I've been very blessed and lucky to meet some of my heroes," said Sera.
Sera's latest CD will be entitled "Sister Sera." It's a two year labor of love that has taken her around the world.
"From London, Miami, Nashville working with all sorts of different producers, Grammy winning producers Keith Cigar, Solemn Remi who did the Zack Brown Band, Amy Winehouse, Adele. So it's been an amazing journey," Sera said.
Her single will be released later this summer with the entire CD expected out by fall.
"It's going to be 'Sister Sera,' which is very appropriate because it's very rootsy soulful. I feel like full circle coming back to my gospel, soulful roots. I'm just excited to see this album come out and I feel like it's already a success because I'm proud of it," said Sera.
While Sera waits for her new CD to come out, she's performing locally. On Friday night, June 20, she will appear at the Voodoo Cantina in Biloxi. That's located right next to the Half-Shell Oyster House on Lameuse Street. The free show starts at 8:30pm.