Kierra Sheard is a living testament to the benefits of being in the will of God. By following the direction of the Father, she is experiencing some of the greatest blessings in her young life.
This month alone, the 32-years-old Sheard will drop a new single, “It Keeps Happening,” co-star in the biopic, “The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel,” and release her sixth album, “Kierra.”
In addition, her Eleven60 clothing line, aimed at full-figured women, continues to grow in popularity, her song, “Don’t Judge Me,” featuring Missy Elliott, is rising high on the charts, plus she’s set to host the Stellar Awards Pre-show and perform at the Stellar Awards later this year.
“God is continuously blessing me with the movie, the new collaborations, the clothing line and so many other things. ‘It Keeps Happening’ really describes the space that I’m in and I just wanted to put it out and share it with other listeners to declare it over their life,” said Sheard, who co-wrote the song with her brother, producer/songwriter J. Drew Sheard II. “So many things are happening for me and it’s according to God’s will and I’m really excited about that.”
A Grammy-nominated and Stellar Award-winning artist, Sheard has performed as a professional singer since the age of nine. However, her appearance in “The Clark Sisters” will display yet another of her many talents. The film tells the story of the legendary gospel group and Sheard portrays her mother, gospel artist Karen Clark Sheard.
Even though she’s known her mom all of her life, Sheard still had to prepare for the role and make adjustments in her depiction. Describing Karen as “soft-spoken and reserved,” Sheard said she had to keep let “boldness” of her own personality in check. Also, Sheard had to practice to emulate her mother’s “true soprano” singing voice.
“But I did my own research. I watched her on YouTube to see how she would interact when her sisters were in the room. I noticed that she comes out like a bold lion when they’re singing, but when they’re doing interviews, she’s more like a younger sister, if that makes sense,” recalled Sheard.
“Still, I think it’s a good time for audiences to see this story [about The Clark Sisters] because you get so much from it. You get faith, perseverance, you get strength and you get the family structure. There are a lot of encouraging notes as well, about how you can move on and keep going and not stopping. I’m really excited about that and the world seeing that part of the story as well,” she added.
“The Clark Sisters” shares insight into the pioneering talents of Sheard’s grandmother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark. A gifted singer, musician, director and arranger, Clark is credited with creating the three-part harmony, a technique which is prevalent among gospel choirs today. She also served decades as the international president of the Church of God in Christ Music Department.
The movie will broadcast on Lifetime on Saturday, April 11, at 8 p.m. “It Keeps Happening” is available now on all major digital platforms.