*“I was struggling and praying fix this, fix that, beating myself up…found myself with suicidal thoughts,” said Grammy Award nominated Urban Gospel artist Kierra Sheard about the title of her newest album release on Karew/Motown titled “Graceland” – released July 22, 2014. “My friend encouraged me…he said, ‘condemnation and self-conviction is not of the Holy Spirit. There is still a thing called grace.’ That’s why we call it ‘Graceland.’”
Sheard, daughter of Gospel matron Karen Clark Sheard and Bishop J. Drew Sheard, has already released the first single off of the highly anticipated album titled “2nd Win” produced by J. Drew. The single samples the Clark Sisters’ song “They Were Overcome.”
“The single is out now,” Kierra pointed out. “It encourages listeners that you can get there again. It means a lot to me…a good summer banger.”
Sheard also stars in BET’s reality show “The Sheards,” and is a judge on BET’s “Sunday Best” Gospel competition.
“It’s a great opportunity,” she said about judging the “Sunday Best” competition. “It has been a lot of fun. It’s been a blessing because I’m young…on the platform with living legends years older…its been so much fun.”
Kierra features collaborations on “Graceland” with legendary songwriter Diane Warren (Beyonce’, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston) and songwriter/producer Harmony Samuels (Fantasia, Michelle Williams).
“I’m learning…in the industry it’s about getting connected,” said the Detroit native frankly. “There is a reason you meet people. We got Diane Warren…it was so much fun to work with her. The lesson I learned is to stay humble. She was so really cool.” “Graceland” is Kierra “KiKi” Sheard’s fifth album release, and also an actress she has appeared in the movie Preacher’s Kid. You can log onto www.IAmKierraSheard.com for more information about the Urban Gospel artists new release.
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