Meet The Team
Cierra Lee is a young artist and teacher who delights in changing lives through music. While in high school and college, she was actively involved, not only musically but also socially with various activities including show choir, opera productions, campus recreation team, peer leading, percussion ensemble, urban dance club, musical theatre productions, and marching band. She even participated in master classes with NYC singers and travelled the East Coast performing in prisons.
Once attaining a Bachelor of Music from Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi in 2015, she moved back home to Ohio and started A.R.I.S.E. with Cierra. Since then, she has worked with hundreds of vocalists (from amateur to professional) across the US, honing in on how the voice works and how to achieve many different styles/genres in a healthy way. She has worked with worship teams, show choirs, and local bands. Cierra is passionate about equipping students (regardless of age, rage, identity, sexuality, or religion) with the knowledge and competency to be self-sustaining once they branch out from the studio.
As an advocate for growth, learning, efficiency, reach, and maximum impact, Cierra is passionate at cultivating her own skills and leadership. Because of this, she continues to develop her voice via private coaching and jumps on training opportunities as they surface. She has trained in Estill Voice Training (with Kim Steinhauer & Tom Burke) and participated in the initial beta testing for the Integrated Vocal Pedagogy course with Kerri Obert (MA, CCC/SLP), Matthew Ellenwood (MM, Ellenwood Studios), and David Hoffman (MM, EMT). She has worked with Tom Burke (MS, CCC, SLP), attended multiple master classes with NYC Broadway vocal coach, Matt Farnsworth, and continues to develop connections as a member of both NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and The Voice Foundation.
From a singer standpoint, Cierra has performed at Carnegie Hall with Natalie Grant, Danny Gokey, Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin, Mark Lowry, and Russ Taff for the GMA 50th Anniversary and currently tours with the Maverick City Gospel Choir.
Outside of A.R.I.S.E., Cierra serves as the Worship Leader at Crosslink Community Church. She has a huge heart for worship, prison ministry, victims of human trafficking, at-risk youth, missions, and anyone in need. Her daily goal is to use music to bring light to a dark world in any capacity, while working to be a better leader, mentor and teacher. She has plans to share some of her own music with the world in the future. She absolutely loves all the ways she has be able to use her gifts and hopes that each individual she teaches walks away with knowledge and inspiration.
Ally Carmichael is from Grove City, Ohio where she still currently lives with her husband Luke and son Cru. She is an organized, design driven creative who believes in doing everything with passion and efficiency.
Ally has worked as the Communications Lead at Covenant Church for over two years. There she has gotten to learn how to grow and organize teams, calendars and social media scheduling. Additionally, Ally has assisted her husband in running a wedding videography company and started her own crochet business.
All of these endeavors have taught her many skills that she can bring to the A.R.I.S.E team. She is excited to use these skills to communicate with the artists of A.R.I.S.E and to help make everything run as smoothly and efficiently as possible.
Outside of A.R.I.S.E and Covenant you can find Ally serving coffee at Transcend on the weekends or spending quality time with her family. Ally loves coffee, her two dogs Bokah and Huey and spending time getting to know new friends.
Katt Quintanilla is from Defiance, Ohio, but has made her home here in Grove City. She graduated from Capital University with a B.A. in Music Technology. While there, she recorded, mixed, and mastered an E.P. with the band, Above and Here Below.
Katt boasts skills in multi-media, which include audio engineering for seven years, photography, videography, as well as podcasting. She has worked as the front-of-house engineer for concerts, church services, and recitals. Additionally, over the past two years, Katt has worked as the Broadcast Audio Engineer at The Naz and as the Content Creator & Tech Director at CrossLink Community Church.
Katt loves collaborating with A.R.I.S.E. in various ways to support up-coming artists. Her goal is to utilize her skills to ensure quality productions for all with whom she works with.
You can find Katt outside when she’s not behind the soundboard or computer screen. She loves the outdoors & enjoys kayaking, ham-mocking, and anything to do with nature.