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Kierra "Kiki" Sheard at Greater Emmanuel, 5 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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Kierra "Kiki" Sheard was born into gospel music royalty -- and she has never shied away from the responsibility that brings.

The daughter of Clark Sisters' Karen Clark Sheard and granddaughter of Mattie Moss Clark, Sheard, 32, has carved out her own career as a recording artist and as an actor, including "The Preacher's Kid" in 2010. The Wayne State University graduate and Farmington Hills resident also has a fashion line, Eleven60.

And she's hardly taking her foot off the pedal. Sheard currently has a new single out -- "Don't Judge Me," featuring Missy Elliott -- and collaborated with Chance the Rapper on his single "I Got You (Always and Forever)." On Friday, Sept. 13, she'll be recording live tracks for a new album in 2020, and in January she'll co-star, as her mother, in a Lifetime channel film about the Clark Sisters...

Sheard plans to combine live tracks she's recording this weekend at Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C. in Detroit with new studio material for her next album. "I haven't done a live album in almost 10 years. I listen to my fan base and they have been asking for a live album, so it's just time. The entire album won't be live; Some will be studio (tracks). But I'm very excited about it -- and of course I have a lot of nerves going crazy, but I'm excited about it as well."

Sheard, 32, says her new single "Don't Judge Me" is a universal message but drawn from personal experience and emotions. "The song is just a mantra about love and light, really. You really don't know what people are doing through, so it's saying to be kind to every soul you encounter. Everyone is fighting a battle. So if you see someone dancing in the cereal aisle in the grocery store or singing and dancing in their car at a red light, don't judge that. That's the message of the song -- just spread light and love instead of criticism and judgment. I'm in a space in my life right now where I don't want to be judged for living my life and living my truth, and nobody else should, either."

Sheard says that attitude represents a change for her as well, coming out of a life where she was "policed by the public eye," first as the daughter of a singing legend and then as a star in her own right. "Before I would allow the public eye to rule my actions and rule my decisions, and Im not doing that anymore. Im comfortable being my own authentic self instead of being governed by someone else or their rules. I have a new freedom, a new piece of mine. I have accepted myself and validated myself, so I don't see validation from others -- especially complete strangers on social media."

Sheard says Chance the Rapper initiated the collaboration for "I Got You (Always and Forever)," calling the singer and asking her to come to Chicago to co-write and sing on it. "You dream about moments like that; I don't know if we really expect them to happen. When I got the call they had to pick me up off the floor. It was very fun. I didn't expect him to be so fun and down to earth and allow me to have so much input because he's a legend to me. He appreciated the artistry and, of course, my voice, but he also wanted my input as a writer. That's something I don't get very often, to have someone of that caliber look at me as a writer and not just a voice. That was phenomenal."

Sheard was "nervous" about portraying her mother in the upcoming Lifetime movie -- which was filmed earlier this year in Canada -- but she's ultimately happy she did it. "The role wasn't given to me; I had to audition for it. To me it's the ultimate tribute to my mother -- and my aunt (Dorinda) and my grandmother. It's one thing to hear their stories; It's another thing to live them through their eyes. I believe this will go down in my history as the best role that I will ever play because it literally is that of a legend who I've idolized my entire life. To tell the world her story through her eyes was exhilarating and I'm so grateful."

Kierra "Kiki" Sheard performs at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, at the Greater Emmanuel Institutional C.O.G.I.C., 19190 Schaefer Highway, Detroit. $20-$30. iamkierrasheard.com.

Web Site: www.iamkieerasheard.com

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