Tierra Burns is a native of Fayetteville, NC by way of Charleston, SC. She graduated from Westover High School in 2008, where she competed in Public Speaking II with the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Mock Trial Court and Vocational Industrial Clubs of America (VICA). During high school, she began to appreciate the art of music and played the Mellophone/French Horn with the Mid-South Powerhouse Marching Band.
When Burns matriculated at North Carolina Central University (NCCU), she received a band scholarship with the Marching Sound Machine to play French Horn. She marched French Horn from the Fall of 2008 to the Spring of 2012 and then became a member of eClipse Auxiliary in the Fall of 2012. At NCCU she was a mentor to incoming freshmen, founded Hope Mime Ministry, and participated in many organizations, such as 100 Black Women, Paradyce Modeling Troop, and served as Miss Gamma Betta for the Gamma Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. During her enrollment at NCCU, Burns completed a 40 hour training for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault advocacy, numerous community service events and leadership workshops, and interned with Congressmen Mel Watt through the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Burns received her Bachelors in English and Political Science in 2012.
Upon graduation, Burns enlisted in the United States Army as an E-4 specialist, and attended basic training in Ft. Sill, OK and advance initial training at Ft. Lee, VA. She graduated with distinguished honors with the highest GPA in her cohort as an Automated Logistical Specialist, 92A. In the Fall of 2013, Burns received a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) scholarship and was accepted to the University of Southern California's School of Social Work. During her enrollment at USC she interned at View Park High School, Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach Veteran Justice Outreach program, and the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces department. She volunteered with Break the Cycle, an organization that teaches about teen dating abuse and Junior Achievement, an organization that teaches financial literacy. She graduated in May of 2015 with her Masters in Social Work with a focus in families, children, and military social work. The same day she graduated, she commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army.
In March of 2015, Burns preached her initial sermon at Walker Temple AME Church. She is now pursuing a Master’s of Divinity at Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA. At Walker Temple AME and in the community she has served as a mentor and tutor for children and adolescents . Additionally, she praise dances and mimes at church and in the community to bring healing and empowerment through movement. Poetry is another form of expression that she uses in church to bring deliverance and motivate those who listen.