Kierra Sheard: Her Journey To GRACELAND

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/31/2015, 3:37 p.m.
Gospel recording artist Kierra Sheard is no stranger to the limelight. Coming from a long line of gospel royalty, Kierra ...
Gospel recording artist Kierra Sheard

Gospel recording artist Kierra Sheard is no stranger to the limelight. Coming from a long line of gospel royalty, Kierra has managed to uphold the legacy and create some shine of her own. Looking from the outside, it would appear that Kierra’s life is abundantly blessed and highly favored and although this is true, Kierra wants to share a more intimate view of her life, one that reflects her “flaws” and how by grace she overcomes.

BlackDoctor.org recently chatted with the soulful songstress about her latest album, GRACELAND, her health routine, upcoming projects and her journey to more self love.

BDO: What was the motivation behind your most recent gospel release, GRACELAND?

KS: I wanted to provide fans with a transparent view of me. I wanted everyone to know that Kierra is human and I have my flaws, but I sincerely and wholeheartedly love the Lord. I wanted people to see a side of me that they can relate to…

In life, when we feel like we are alone, we can often create inner issues that hinder us from talking to anyone. I believe that the struggles and challenges we go through not only benefit us and make us better, but it can also help someone else so they won’t have to bump their head as hard as I have done. I wanted to give this album to my fans, especially those who are trying to do the right thing and need help on their journey to grace.

The one song that speaks to that on the album is “Flaws” [written] by the legendary Diane Warren.

BDO: How has your faith been strengthened in revealing your flaws?

KS: Well, first I had to realize I had flaws.When I acknowledged my flaws, my issues and my struggles, it opened up the door for me to see how the Lord loves me in spite of all the extra drama that comes with me. I felt drawn and connected to the Lord even more. I felt inspired to change and work on my stuff because of that love. I wanted to know more about the God that loved me and shown me so much grace.

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BDO: You come from a legacy of gospel greats – in your family alone are the legendary Clark Sisters. How has your embarking on your journey and revealing your flaws inspired your family?

KS: It’s funny you would ask that question. Just the other day my mom shared with me how even though I am her baby, I inspire her and recently my dad shared the same sentiment as my mom. They shared the beauty of how I am so young and they can see themselves in me, but they see my growth and that is inspiring to them. When I hear them say that, it inspires them even more. I already felt like my family was blessed with a timeless gift to make relevant music that is multi-generational. People still refer to the music the Clark Sister made/make and they love it. I am inspired by their ability to remain current, because one thing you never want to be is a dated trailblazer. Take for instance Patti Labelle, Charlie Wilson and Lionel Richie, they remain relevant and current in fashion, music offerings and keeping their pulse on what’s trending.