Cotemporary Gospel/Hip-Hop artist Kierra "KiKi" Sheard
was born into one of the most talented families in Gospel music. She
is the daughter of Karen Clark-Sheard, a founding member of Gospel
legends, the Clark Sisters, and the grandaughter of the late Dr. Mattie
Moss Clark, who is thought to be one of the defining influences in
all of Gospel music. At just 17, Kierra has proven herself to have
the talent of her anscestors, yet hold her own individual sound. Her
debut album, I Owe You was released in September of 2004 through EMI
Gospel Records. It is Kierra's desire to reach her peers with a sound
they can groove to but still praise God with.
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard was born and raised in Detroit,
where she and her family still reside, and grew up with church, family,
music, and teaching all around her. At age six, she began singing
in the children's choir of Detroit's Greater Emmanuel Institutional
Church of God in Christ, which was pastored by her father, Rev. J.
Drew Sheard. It was immediately apparent to her family that she was
full of extraordinary talent and had "Sheard blood" in her. Before
her grandmother passed away, she told Kierra's mother that "this baby
was going to sing." Karen, Kierra's mother, was told to raise her
right both spiritually and musically.
Kierra Sheard made her recording debut when she was
nine and sang a duet with her mother on "The Safest Place," from Karen's
chart-topping album, Finally Karen. When she was ten, she began traveling
with her mother on tour to join her for the song. Kierra went on to
win the Steller Award for Children's Performance for the song. At
first, Kierra recalls not being that interested in singing and performing,
but she soon began to witness the fun and joy her family had in singing
and praising God, and she longed to be apart of it. By the time she
was 13, Kierra had the desire in her heart to minister to people her
own age, and she felt God leading her to do that.
Kierra's album, I Owe You, debuted at #1 on the Gospel
charts. The album was a dream come true for Sheard and was something
she had prayed for for a long time. She chose the title becuase she
says she really feels that way about God. God healed Karen, Kierra's
mother, of a very serious medical complication in which the doctors
had only given her a 2% chance to live. Kierra feels so richly blessed
by the Lord because He healed her mother, because He allowed her to
make this album, and because He is always with her and will never
leave her, that she chose to express her feelings of gratitude in
When Sheard is not busy with school, she is on stage
performing. She had the opportunity to perfrom with her mother and
Mary J. Blige at a Mary J. Blige concert. It was a thrill for her
to be on stage with Blige, who is an influence of hers, as well as
have the opportuinity to minister to a secular crowd with Gospel music.
Other artists she has shared the stage with include Mary, Mary, and
Kierra wants people to know that, while she does follow
in a long line of great musicsl talents, she does have her own style
and is very serious about her ministry. She is determined to show
young people that they don't have to live in sin to have fun and enjoy
life. I Owe You, she believes, demonstrates that the greatest joy
in life is in singing and praising God.
Kierra Sheard - You Don't Know
Listen and Buy the Kierra Sheard Albums...
Power Play * I Owe You
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