Community Connections: Vikings Unleashed – An Evening with Kierra Sheard
Gospel singer, songwriter, actress and author to join ECSU Homecoming activities this week
Join Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) on Thursday, October 13, 2022, at 6:30 p.m., as it welcomes Grammy Award-nominated gospel songstress Kierra Sheard to campus as part of the weeklong Vikings Unleashed Homecoming celebration. The concert also features ECSU’s Essence of Praise Gospel Choir and is free and open to the public, but registration is required to attend in person. Sign up today! The event will also be livestreamed on ECSU’s YouTube channel.
Sheard was born in Detroit, Michigan, and began singing at six-years-old in the choir at Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ, where her father was pastor. She is the daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark-Sheard who was a member of the world-renowned, Grammy Award-winning gospel group, the Clark Sisters. Sheard is also the granddaughter of gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark.
She appeared on her mother’s and aunt’s albums, and broke onto the music scene as a solo artist in 2004 with her debut album I Owe You. Her hit single “You Don’t Know” was inspired by her mother who almost lost her life to a fatal blood clot. Sheard also portrayed her mother in the hit Lifetime movie, The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel.
In addition to three Grammy nominations, Sheard has:
- Been nominated 10 times for a Dove Award, which are presented annually by the Gospel Music Association. She won three times in the Urban Recorded Song of the Year, Urban Album of the Year, and Gospel Worship Recorded Song of the Year
- Received five awards and 15 nominations from the Stellar Awards Gospel Music Academy (SAGMA). Sheard took home the award for Female Vocalist of the Year, Special Event CD of the Year, Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, and Song of the Year.
- Been nominated twice for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Gospel/Christian Album. The annual awards ceremony honors outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature in 40+ categories.
Sheard’s hit single, “Something Has to Break,” topped both the Billboard’s Gospel Airplay and the MediaBase Gospel charts. It also won her a Dove Award, SAGMA Award, and was nominated for an NAACP Image Award (included in the figures above).
She earned a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in psychology from Wayne State University, and is currently working on a master’s degree in clinical psychology. Sheard also started her own clothing line in June 2015 titled entitled Eleven60.
Vikings Unleashed: An Evening with Kierra Sheard
|WHO:||Kierra Sheard, Award-winning singer, songwriter, actress and author|
|WHEN:||Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 6:30PM|
|WHERE:||Watch on ECSU’s YouTube channel
Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center – Floyd L. Robinson Auditorium
Elizabeth City State University | Elizabeth City, NC 27909
|REGISTER:||Registration is required to attend online or in person. Tickets must be presented at the door. Go to https://bit.ly/3RIabqK to sign up for this FREE event!|