Alex & Sierra, the winners of "The X Factor" U.S. in 2013, have been in Los Angeles to record their first album. While in L.A., the duo (whose full names are Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton) attended some pre-Grammy events on Jan. 23, 2014. One of the events (held at Soho House on Jan. 23) was a Delta Airlines-sponsored private reception and performance from Lorde. The 56th Annual Grammy Awards will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2014.
Alex & Sierra also stopped by Westwood One Radio Remotes, an area for Grammy interviews and other coverage, at the Staples Center Arena Club on Jan. 23. The lovebird duo also attended Friends 'N' Family's 17th Annual Pre-Grammy Party at Park Plaza Hotel on Jan. 24, 2014.
As part of "The X Factor" grand prize, Alex & Sierra won $1 million and a contract with Syco Music/Sony Music. The title, songs and release date for Alex & Sierra's first album are to be announced.
In an interview with Yahoo! Music at the Lorde party, Kinsey gave an update on the first Alex & Sierra album: "We got out to L.A. on Jan. 2 [in 2014]. And since then, we've written, we've got about 30 songs since Jan. 2. So we've really been working hard, working with a lot of amazing people [like] Julian Bunetta. We actually went to his house for a week."
Deaton added, "We had like a writing camp."
Kinsey also mentioned Sam Watters and Toby Gad as two other songwriters who are collaborating with Alex & Sierra.
Deaton said excitedly, "Tomorrow, we're writing with John Legend!"
When asked when the album will be released, Kinsey said, "Hopefully, within the next few months."
"The X Factor" creator/executive producer Simon Cowell was Alex & Sierra's mentor on the show. Kinsey commented on Cowell's involvement with the album: "He's a big part of it. He's kind of like the overseer."
Deaton added, "He's sitting in on every one of our writing sessions. He gives us input and helps us out."
Alex & Sierra sang mostly ballads and other slow songs on "The X Factor," but Kinsey promises that their first album will be "a lot happier, more upbeat" than the tempo of the songs that they did on "The X Factor."