For national recording artist Kierra Sheard, faith is like a bright, shining star.
The proud daughter of Detroit pastor, Bishop J. Drew Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard, a member of the legendary Clark Sisters group, the singer affectionately known as “Kiki” was brought up in a spiritual environment. This faith-inspired, faith-filled atmosphere formed the foundation of her life.
Through faith Kierra Sheard followed in the footsteps of a musical family and has emerged as a major talent in the gospel realm, developing a following of her own. Her second album, This Is Me, earned her a Grammy nomination.
Since then she has co-starred in two films and a reality series on the Black Entertainment Television (BET) network. Inspired by her personal and professional journey, Sheard will bring her musical message of faith to “Savor the Flavor of Flint” Jan. 27 as its headline performer at the Dort Event Center.
She recently shared her thoughts about the upcoming performance and the community she hopes to help uplift in an interview with TheHUB Flint.
TheHUB Flint: What are your hopes for your performance at Savor the Flavor of Flint?
Kierra Sheard: Flint has been through so much over the past couple of year. I don’t think the issues Flint has faced received the attention they should have. My goal is to bring an extreme amount of hope to the city. Trouble simply doesn’t last always and I believe God has great things in store for this amazing city. I hope to deliver that message while there at “Savor the Flavor.’’
TheHUB Flint: Can you share testimony of a challenge in your personal or professional life that contributed to the creation of your song “Hang On?”
Kierra Sheard: Actually, “Hang On” was written in honor of my father and pastor, Bishop J. Drew Sheard. He’s known for telling everyone to “hang in there” so we decided to make a song out of this mantra.
I’ve faced several situations when I’ve had to remind myself to hang on and trust God. One of the most memorable was when my mother was given a 2 percent chance to live. Although “Hang On” hadn’t yet been written, the same message is what pulled me through this tumultuous situation.
TheHUB Flint: What advice do you offer to others experiencing similar challenges?
Kierra Sheard: Life isn’t always easy. Life can be unpredictable and may sometimes seem unfair. One day all will be well, and the very next day it can seem like life’s walls are closing in on us. In these situations, the only thing that we can truly rely on is the Lord and his word, which can never fail. Sometimes it’s easier said than done, but we absolutely must remember this awesome and powerful God we serve. He’s very capable of handling anything life throws our way. So my advice would be hang in there.
TheHUB Flint: Music is at the center of your life. How does it inspire you everyday?
Kierra Sheard: Music inspires me greatly. When listening to music I don’t only listen to the beats, I also listen to the lyrics. A lot of what I listen to keeps me inspired. Lyrics that talk about living our best lives, showing love to everyone we connect with, making the world a better place, giving God glory, no matter what we face – things like this help me and inspire me.
TheHUB Flint: What is the most important thing you want the readers in Flint to know about Kierra Sheard?
Kierra Sheard: I want you all to know I’m just like you. I’m an average girl from the west side of Detroit who is just trying to live a life pleasing to the Lord. I want big things out of life… We probably struggle with similar things, I’m just on a larger platform. I face hardship just like you. If I can overcome, so can you.
Sheard will headline free performances at Savor the Flavor of Flint Jan. 27.
Savor the Flavor of Flint will take place on Saturday, January 27 at Flint’s Dort Event Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to the free live concert by national recording artist Kierra Sheard, the event also includes performances by Flint’s Hasselbring Hustlers and the Nightfire Drumline, free food samples, and a live cooking demonstration by national author, speaker and lifestyle expert Debra Peek-Hayes.
For more information contact Special Projects Coordinator Stacy Swimp at 810-449-3318, the Savor the Flavor Project Team at 517-908-3833 or visit SavortheFlavorFlint.com. Assistance is available for those requiring special accommodation.
Please contact the Michigan Fitness Foundation at 517-347-7891 or by email at email@example.com.