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Karen Clark Sheard
Birth name Karen Clark
Born November 15, 1960 (1960-11-15) (age 49)
Origin Detroit, Michigan
Genres gospel, urban gospel, CCM, R&B
Occupations Singer, songwriter
Instruments vocals, Keyboard, Organ, drums
Years active 1970-present
Labels Island Black Music, Elektra, Word, Karew Records
Associated acts The Clark Sisters
Kierra "Kiki" Sheard
Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark
Dorinda Clark Cole
Jacky Clark Chisholm
Mattie Moss Clark
J. Moss
Website KarewRecords.com

Karen Clark Sheard (born November 15, 1960) is an American gospel singer, songwriter, member of group The Clark Sisters, and mother of contemporary gospel singer Kierra "Kiki" Sheard.

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Biography

She was born Karen Clark, the daughter of Pastor Elbert Clark and Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, a pioneering Detroit based gospel choral director. She has five older siblings: Leo, Jacky Clark Chisholm, Denise Clark Bradford, Elbernita "Twinkie" Clark Terrell, and Dorinda Clark Cole.

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Personal life

On June 16, 1984, she married J.Drew Sheard, a minister. Her husband, now Bishop J. Drew Sheard, is senior pastor of Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ in Detroit. Together they have 2 children: Kierra (1987), also a gospel recording artist, with four albums, plus various projects to her credit, and J.Drew Sheard II (1989), a musician and producer.

In 2001, Clark Sheard was faced with a life-threatening crisis when a blood vessel burst during a scheduled hernia surgery. Her doctors only gave her a 2% chance of survival . After the blood clot was surgically removed, Clark Sheard fell into a coma for three and a half weeks [1], but Clark Sheard made a [2][3]recovery.

Clark Sheard recorded her second album 2nd Chance (so named because of the "second chance" she was given by God) [4], in 2002. Clark Sheard's near-death experience is referenced in her daughter Kierra's song "You Don't Know".

On February 10, 2008, Karen won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song: Blessed & Highly Favored, which she wrote. On January 31st, 2010, Karen won a Grammy for Best Gospel Performance: Wait on the Lord, which she was featured with Donnie McClurkin.

Career

Karen's involvement in the Island Inspirational All Stars' "Don't Give Up" in 1996 (along with Donald Lawrence, Hezekiah Walker, and Kirk Franklin) led to her signing with Island Records[5].

Her solo career began with the release of her debut album Finally Karen in 1997. The album, consisting of half studio recordings and half live recordings, was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album in 1998. The set did however win the Lady Of Soul award for Best Gospel Album the same year [6].

After Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark Sheard became the 2nd gospel artist to sign to Elektra Records. She released her Elektra debut album 2nd Chance in 2002 led off by the single "Be Sure". Though Clark Sheard was in excellent form vocally, the slick, progressive sound of the disc was not received well in the gospel community. However, the album still performed well in sales figures. The 2003 followup The Heavens Are Telling fared well, but came at an awkward time when Elektra Records was being dissolved into Atlantic Records. In 2005, after a bidding war with several labels, Karen Clark Sheard finally signed with Word Records and issued It's Not Over, the following year.

Singers Mariah Carey, Faith Evans, Coko of SWV,Beyoncé, Jovan Irving, Blu Cantrell,Lil' Mo,Missy Elliott, and Fantasia all count Karen Clark Sheard as one of their vocal influences [7][8].

She is in the studio recording a new album titled, All In One that is slated for release in April 6, 2010. In early 2009, Karen and her husband, J.Drew Sheard partnered together and launched a new record label entitled Karew Records (Karew being a combination of both their names: KAren & dREW, pronounced: Kuh-rue); Distribution is via EMI Gospel.

Tours and concerts

  • 2010-2011: All In One World Tour

Filmography

  • 2010/11 "Blessed & Cursed" (w/daughter Kierra Sheard)
  • 2013 The Marriage Lover as Yolandiza Willis (Main Role)?

Discography

Albums

See also Category:Karen Clark Sheard albums

Album information
Finally Karen (Island)
  • Released: November 1997
  • Chart positions: #2 (US Gospel), #28 (US R&B)
  • Singles: "Nothing Without You," "Balm in Gilead," "Will of God"
  • Producers: Donald Lawrence, J. Moss
2nd Chance (Elektra)
The Heavens Are Telling (Elektra)
  • Released: November 2003
  • Chart positions: #188 Billboard 200, #44 (US R&B), #3 (US Gospel)
  • Singles: "We Acknowledge You", "We Are Not Ashamed," "I Owe", "You Loved Me"
  • Producers: Donald Lawrence, J. Moss, PAJAM
It's Not Over (Word)
  • Released: January 2006
  • Chart positions: #124 Billboard 200, #4 (US Gospel)
  • Singles: "Favor", "You Showed Me"
  • Producers: Israel Houghton, Aaron Lindsay, J. Moss, J.Drew Sheard II
  • Album Photography: Lians for www.lmstudios.com
All In One (Karew)
  • Released: April 6, 2010[9]
  • Chart positions:
  • Singles: "Prayed Up" (Produced by J.Drew Sheard II)
  • CD Producers: J.Drew Sheard II / J.Moss & PAJAM

Other

This section documents Karen Clark Sheard's featured solo appearances. For The Clark Sisters' appearances, visit this section.

References

  1. ^ Taylor, LaTonya (February 20, 2006). "Back From The Dead". Christianity Today. http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/interviews/2006/karenclarksheard-0206.html. 
  2. ^ Gospel City Interview
  3. ^ Christian Music Planet
  4. ^ McIntyre, Donald and Kiel, Danna (August 1, 2002). "Karen Clark Sheard Gets '2nd Chance'". EURweb.com. http://www.eurweb.com/story/eur7588.cfm. 
  5. ^ "Karen Clark Sheard". GospelCity.com. March 22, 2000. http://www.gospelcity.com/dynamic/artist-articles/artists/36. 
  6. ^ "Award Nominations at The Envelope". Los Angeles Times. http://theenvelope.latimes.com/factsheets/awardsdb/env-awards-db-search,0,7169155.htmlstory?searchtype=person&query=finally+karen. 
  7. ^ Jones, Steven. "An interview with Karen Clark Sheard". GospelFlava.com. http://www.gospelflava.com/articles/karenclarksheardinterview2006.html. 
  8. ^ "Karen Clark Sheard Biography". http://www.christianitytoday.com/music/artists/karenclarksheard.html. 
  9. ^ "Upcoming New Releases - Subject To Change". NewReleaseTuesday.com. http://www.newreleasetuesday.com/coming_soon.php. Retrieved 2009-11-23. 

External links

Year Title Artist Album Label
1976 "If My People Which Are Called By My Name"
"Everything Will Be Alright"
"Christ Is Coming Back Again"
"Come I'll Give You Rest"
Mattie Moss Clark feat. Karen Clark He Was Hung Up For My Hangups Sound Of Gospel
1993 "The Grass Withereth" Karen Clark Sheard Thomas Whitfield: A Tribute to "The Maestro" Benson/A&M
1996 "Don't Give Up" Island Inspirational All-Stars featuring Kirk Franklin, Karen Clark Sheard, Hezekiah Walker, and Donald Lawrence Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood (Soundtrack) Island
1996 "Act Like You Know" LaShun Pace featuring Karen Clark Sheard A Wealthy Place Savoy
1996 "I Won't Complain" FAMU Gospel Choir featuring Karen Clark Sheard Twinkie Clark Terrell presents FAMU Gospel Choir Crystal Rose
2000 "God's Favor" Tri-City Singers featuring Karen Clark Sheard, Kim Burrell, and Kelly Price Tri-City4.com EMI Gospel
2001 "Fo Sho'" Yolanda Adams featuring Karen Clark Sheard Believe Elektra
2001 "King" Darwin Hobbs & Karen Clark Sheard Boycott (Soundtrack) EMI Gospel
2002 "Christ Is Coming Back Again" Twinkie Clark featuring Karen Clark-Sheard Live In Charlotte N.C. Verity
2002 "Fatal Attraction" Karen Clark Sheard T.D. Jakes Presents: God's Leading Ladies (Various Artists) Dexterity Sounds/EMI Gospel
2002 "Show Me The Way" Dorinda Clark Cole featuring The Clark Sisters Dorinda Clark Cole GospoCentric
2004 "Don't Nobody Know" Ramiyah featuring Karen Clark Sheard, Kierra KiKi Sheard, & Dorinda Clark Cole Ramiyah Sony Music Entertainment
2005 "Blessing Me" Jacky Clark Chisholm featuring The Clark Sisters Expectancy Entheos records
2006 "Wrong Things" Kierra Sheard (backing vocals by Karen Clark Sheard) This Is Me EMI Gospel
2006 "Jesus Is Lord" Andrae Crouch feat. Karen Clark Sheard Mighty Wind' Verity
2007 "Know Him" J Moss feat. Karen Clark Sheard V2 Gospocentric
2007 "Can't Nobody Bobby Jones feat. Karen Clark Sheard The Ambassador Gospocentric
2008 "It Will All Be Worth It" Mary Mary feat. Gospel Legends The Sound Columbia
2009 "Wait On the Lord" Donnie McClurkin We All Are One: Live in Detroit Verity
2009 "Lord You Are My Everything" Byron Cage feat. Karen Clark Sheard & Marvin Winans Faithful To Believe!' GospoCentric

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