Kierra Sheard is a gospel singer, a radio host along with being a fashion designer hailing from the United States.
She was influenced by her parents from an early age because her mother was Karen Clark Sheard and he is a gospel singer mostly known for his work with a group called „The Clark Sisters”.
Music runs in her family. Her grandmother was also a gospel director and she was called Mattie Moss Clark.
Her career started when she got to play Litha in a Christian drama titled „Preacher’s Kid“ back in 2010.
After that, she got a feature on her mother’s album and decided that this was a right career choice for her.
In 2004 she released her first debut solo album and it was called „I Owe You“. A single from it called „You Don’t Know“ was about her mother’s struggles with her health after she got a dangerous blood clot.
Kierra was born in June of 1987. She comes from Detroit, located in Michigan, in the United States and her full name is Kierra Valencia Sheard.
She is often called „Kiki“ by her loved ones.
When she was only 6 she started as a vocalist in a church choir. It was for the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, and it’s pastor Bishop J. Drew Sheard was helping her with her journey as a choir member.
Even as a little child, Kierra has that signature „Clark sound“ that her family members have, especially her aunts and her mother Karen.
She was able to do riffs, runs, fast and high melismatic along with squalls (that she did a lot on her „Done Did It” song from her „I Owe You” album).
When she was only 10 years old she performed with her mother on her solo album and made her musical debut that way.
It was in 1997 on the album „Finally Karen“ and Kierra was featured on two songs in it.
One of the songs they did together was titled „The Will Of God“ and it was written by Richard White.
This track won the Stellar Award in a category of „Best Children’s Performance“. Kierra was immensely proud and took some time to perfect her skills as a vocalist to come back with even greater music.
Kierra was singing as a background vocalist for her mother Karen and her aunt Dorinda for a while and was also in the Clark Sisters.
In 2002, Kierra had a feature on her aunt’s self-titled debut solo album.
In 2003, she was again on her mother’s album. She performed two tracks as usual. The album was called „The Heavens Are Telling“.
One of the tracks she was featured on was a cover of „He Loves Me (Lyzel In E Flat)“ song originally by Jill Scott.
In 2003 she signed to EMI Gospel.
At the end of 2004, she released her first solo debut album titled „I Owe You“.
It had 11 songs and was made in collaboration with writers and producers like Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Rodney Jerkind and so on.
This album was also her brother’s debut. J Drew was producing a part of it.
In the summer of 2005, the EMI Gospel also released a loto f remixes and called it „Just Until The Next Record“ due to the fact that it was released to keep the fans „fed“ for a while or at least until the new album is released.
This album had one huge hit and it was a remix of „Let Go“. It was much more upbeat than the previous song and it was released in Japan but in only a few weeks got to the top of international R&B charts which was a big surprise for Kierra.
Kierra graduated from Wayne State University that is located in Detroit, where she grew up. There she got a bachelor’s degree in English and also a minor in psychology.
Because of the fact that she wanted to finish university her tours were very hard to make due to her busy schedule.
Although she was in school, she went to Japan for a tour in 2006 with her mother.
In 2006 Kierra released her second solo album and it was called „This Is Me“.
It went straight to the first place on the Gospel Billboard chart. The lead single of this album was „Why Me?“ produced by Fred Jerkins III.
The new thing in this alum is the fact that she made several music videos like the ones for the songs „This Is Me“ and „Yes“.
This album got a Grammy nomination in the category of „Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album“ of 2006.
In 2007 she performed the single „Why Me?“ on the Stellar Awards and the Celebration of Gsoepl by BET where she took the role of Fait Evans that was pregnant at that time. She sang with Fantasia, Coko and Lil’ Mo.
She also performed along with her mother for an Aretha Franklin tribute performance.
In winter of 2008, she released another album, this time titled „Bold Right Life“. The lead tracks of this album were „Won’t Hold Back“ and „Praise Him Now“.
Kierra was also on a single „God In Me“ on the album of Mary Mary titled „The Sound“.
At the beginning of 2009, she performed „Jesus Is a Love Song“ at the BMI Trailblazers for her aunt Elbernita.
In 2009 she released a mixtape with some of her hits called „KiKi’s Mixtape“.
There were two remixes and two new songs on this album and also a lot of previously released singles. There was also a song called „This Christmas“ that she did with Marcus Cole.
Kierra was in a movie titled „Preacher’s Kid“ along with other star slike LeToya Luckett, Clifton Powwel, Sharif Atkins, Durrell Babbs and Gregory Alan Williams from 2010.
This movie was also released on a DVD the same year.
In the winter of 2011, she released her fourth album and it was titled simply „Free“. Thus was the first album she did with Karew Records, her family’s label.
This album was unfortunately leaked before it was released. It features BRL Choir (Bold Right Life Choir).
At the beginning of 2013, her family decided to make a reality series and it was called „The Sheards“.
The reality was about Kierra, her mother, and father and her brother who was a producer.
The first season of the show had 8 episodes and BET announced that there would be a second season in 2014.
In 2013 she released a single called „Trumpets Blow“ and a year later a single called „2nd Win“ that was played a lot on SoundCloud.
In 2014 she released her fifth studio album titled „Graceland“. „Graceland“ went on the first place on iTunes and was nominated in a loto f categories for the Stellar Awards in 2015.
Kierra shared that she will be having a role of her mother Karen in a biopic that will be made about The Clark Sisters.
At the beginning of 2013, Kierra started preaching in her church along with other churches.
In 2015 Kierra released her collection made with Eleven60, her brand. The inspiration for this collection was her mother Karen.
The name „Eleven60“ comes from a month and year that Clark was born. Her brand focuses on curvy women who like to dress professionally but still be creative and bold, and have fun.
Kierra is single although she was very near to marriage with her ex-boyfriend Welton Smith. The pair got engaged in 2011 after three years of the partnership but instead of the wedding, the pair broke up.
She has a very big circle of friends and family so she had somebody to lean on after her dream of becoming Welton’s wife disappeared.
Full name: Kierra Valencia Sheard
Date of birth: June 20, 1987
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Profession: singer, fashion designer, businesswoman, actress
Height: 1.58 m
Weight: 65 kg
Net Worth: $8 million