We live in a day where social media, the internet, and the simple task of going to and from school or work can all provide exposure to a plethora of issues and life circumstances. It can be easy to gravitate towards what is deemed popular even if it harvests pejorative behavior. With so many options to consider, there is an urgent and constant need for prominent positive voices and examples to promote and cultivate what is honorable, decent and just plain old right. For every twerk, someone needs to teach. For every criticism, someone needs to care. For every state of low self-esteem, someone needs to stimulate. For every trauma, someone is needed for others to trust. For every problem, someone needs to promptly pray. The issues are all there… and Karen & Kierra are two of the most genuine, impacting “someones” you will ever meet.
Dr. Karen Clark Sheard and Kierra Sheard are globally known as probably the most gifted, uber-stylish and totally charismatic mother and daughter unit in Gospel music. If you have any interaction with both, it is strikingly apparent that the apple has not fallen far from the tree in terms of beauty, talent, intelligence, savoir faire, and love for God and His people. They are two extremely relevant voices that have zealously answered the call to positively impact the world; and it’s a “Sheard Shakeup” that encompasses all generations while igniting God’s Light and dismantling the kingdom of darkness. Whether it is a persuasive preached lesson or the powerful delivery of one of their numerous Award-winning Gospel hits, their message is heard loud and clear – God reigns; and not only do we have access to His power, but are obligated to use it to make an impact. And making an impact for others is what they do, indeed.
Karen is the Grammy Award-winning wife of Bishop J. Drew Sheard who pastors Greater Emmanuel Institutional COGIC in Detroit, Michigan. When she’s not serving at her local church training women, counseling members and giving hope and support to the disenfranchised, she is traveling the globe singing with her sisters, doing solo Gospel concerts, or preaching. A trail saturated with love is left in every path she creates and her compassion for others draws fans and friends from near and far.
Seeing her innate demonstration of pure love, patience and kindness constantly extended is fascinating, especially in an industry where people will compromise Godly character to appear important, be on top, or stand in front. Lady Karen rests comfortably in who she truly is: a rare diamond with laudable charm.
And what is Kierra doing when she is not serving in her local church? Everything! She’s every woman as she serves as Vice President of KaRew Records, is owner and designer of the Eleven60 clothing line, she’s a national recording artist, social media guru, and has done it all from hosting her own radio show, designing her mobile app, acting in national stage plays, starring in her own TV show, blogging, directing her office staff, teaching classes to empower women on topics ranging from business and finances to relationships and self-awareness, and more. No stone has been left unturned when it comes to accomplishments listed on her impressive resume and it is her life experience that seems to engage the masses and causes so many to be able to truly relate to this Millennial magnate.
She can have an in-depth discussion and go from the topic of hair to health to healing to holiness in 60 seconds, and listeners stay in tune with a complete understanding as she makes subjects flow with a correlative thought process. She’s just that precise with articulation and jargon that clearly denotes a mindful and profound level of intellect. It’s obvious that the “KiKi” of yesteryear has truly evolved into a powerhouse package of an all-enthralling woman with no limits.
If ever there were two quintessential models for all generations, it would certainly be the dynamic duo of Karen and Kierra. They have the letter, the love, and they have the life that touches everyone. Whether it’s through a funny social media post of them sharing a dressing room with Karen not being able to bear Kierra’s vocal volume, or Kierra recently on stage honoring her mother by belting out a spectacular cover of Karen’s “Balm In Gilead” during Radio One’s Spirit of Praise 10-Year Anniversary, they just give their audiences amazing yet palpable real life. It’s no wonder their social media followers comment with hashtags such as #motherdaughtergoals #fashiongoals #vocalgoals and #relationshipgoals. What more can you ask for? Karen and Kierra are a beautiful gift to the world and they are truly an impeccable and much needed influence for all generations!!
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By Tanya LaNice