Kierra Sheard was born with music in her heart and a song on her lips. While most people have to study and learn a skill, for Kierra Sheard , as the youngest standard-bearer of one of Gospel music’s greatest family dynasties, it just runs in the blood.
Kierra Sheard , 17, is the daughter of Karen Clark-Sheard, a founding member of Gospel legends, the Clark Sisters, and who, since 1997, has been a celebrated solo artist in her own right. She’s also the granddaughter of the late Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, the prodigious conductor, arranger, songwriter, singer, instrumentalist and teacher who is roundly credited as one the defining influences in all of Gospel music.
With Kierra Sheard ’s incomparable family tradition is carried on in a voice and a sound that respects its roots, while taking the Gospel message to the masses in the cutting-edge urban, R&B and pop music of today.
Kierra Sheard, or “Kiki,” as she is affectionately known, was born and raised in Detroit, where she and her family still reside, and grew up with a strong church foundation, surrounded by great music, teaching and preaching. When she began singing at the age of six in the children’s choir of Detroit’s Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, pastured by her father, Rev. J. Drew Sheard, the full and extraordinary extent of her talents became immediately apparent.
While the venerable Dr. Mattie Moss Clark would never have stood for her daughters listening to any “secular” music, Kierra Sheard says that she’s been given the freedom listen to and develop broad and contemporary musical tastes from a wide range of both mainstream and Gospel music, though always with the caution to never let the content of “worldly” music interfere with her anointing to sing and present the pure Gospel message. With diverse musical influences that run from urban superstar Mary J. Blige, and modern rockers Linkin Park, to Kirk Franklin and a whole host of contemporary Gospel artists, as well as her famous mother and aunts and the pantheon of traditional Gospel artists who preceded them, Kierra Sheard ’s own style creates a fresh mix that puts her in a place all her own.
“I grew up on traditional Gospel, and I always want part of what I do to be songs that my elders, as well as kids my age, can enjoy,” she says. “But I really feel a calling to reach kids my own age with the message of Christ with a contemporary sound that they can relate to and get into.”
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