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Kierra Sheard releases new single with her mom
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Kierra Sheard releases new single with her mom 

To mark the beginning of a new year, the American gospel singer Kierra Sheard just released a new single, “Something Has to Break.”

In fact, the song is not new, as it was featured on her 2020 album, “Kierra,” with the gospel legend Tasha Cobbs Leonard. The updated version features Kierra Sheard’s mother, Karen Clark Sheard, instead and was recorded when the two performed at the 2020 BET Awards.

Kierra Sheard’s most recent album, “Kierra,” was released on April 17th, 2020 and yielded 15 songs.

Three of them have been released as singles; “Don’t Judge Me,” “It Keeps Happening” and “Something Has to Break.”

The album made its way to the top of the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and featured artists like Missy Elliott, Todd Dulaney, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Le’Andria Johnson and Sir the Baptist.

A family of the gospel

Kierra Sheard was born on June 20th, 1987 in Detroit, Michigan and was raised in a world of music. Her mother, Karen Clark Sheard, is a Grammy Award-winning gospel singer, while her grandfather, Mattie Moss Clark, was a gospel choir director.

When Kierra Sheard was just six years old, she joined the choir at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, where her father, Bishop J. Drew Sheard, was a pastor.

Three years after joining the choir, Kierra Sheard made her recording debut on her mother’s album, “Finally Karen,” from 1997.

Kierra Sheard sang the song “The Will of God,” which won a Stellar Award for Best Children’s Performance.

During the following six years, Kierra Sheard served as a background singer for her mother, her aunt, Dorinda Clark-Cole, and the Clark Sisters, and she was featured on a few more albums of family members.

Reaching the top of the charts

In 2003, Kierra Sheard was signed to EMI Gospel and released her debut album, “I Owe You,” a year later.

The record was an immediate success and peaked at number one on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts.

Two years later, the album “This is Me” saw the light of the day and also made it to the top of the American charts.

Her following albums, “Bold Right Life,” “Free,” “Graceland” and “Kierra,” all reached the top three of the American hit lists.

Last year, Kierra Sheard portrayed her mother in the biographical movie “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.” The film was released on Lifetime, and it became the highest-rated original movie by Lifetime in four years.

Apart from releasing an album and a movie in 2020, Kierra Sheard also got engaged to Jordan Kelly and married him toward the end of the year.

Kierra Sheard is currently working on her first book, “Big, Bold and Beautiful: Owning the Woman God Made You to Be,” which will be on the bookshelves in April 2021.

Over the years, Kierra Sheard was won a number of awards, including the GMA Dove Awards and three Stellar Awards.

Her album “Kierra” is nominated for a Grammy Award in the category Best Gospel Album. The Award show takes place in March.

You can listen to her and her mother’s new song below.

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