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Out & About: At EMI With Karen Clark-Sheard

On Friday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the offices of EMI Gospel, where the INCOMPARABLE Karen Clark-Sheard visited with the execs of the company to share some music she’s been working on.  (I also interviewed her, so check back here in a couple of hours to read what she had to say in our one-on-one!)

After she shared a bit about her heart, her vision and her new label (Karew Records), she played some tracks for us– REALLY GOOD STUFF.

Some info about the album…

The upcoming album, her fifth solo project, is titled All In One.  Her daughter, Kierra Sheard, came up with the title as a way to represent all that her mother does– she’s a wife, a mom, an artist, a pastor’s wife, and now a label president… and she wears each hat well.

Karen played several tracks for us and all were really good.  “Take Me,” which features her daughter, Kierra, and her niece, Angel Chisholm (Jacky’s daughter), has a sort of urban/acoustic feel to it.  Her son, JDS, produced the track and it captures a great performance from all three ladies.

The styles of music are varied, but she handles each genre well.  For example, “Never Let Me Go” is a strong praise & worship track, while another tune, ”Crazy Praise,” starts with an urban vibe before going straight churchy.  A sure favorite for the album will be “He Knows,” which is written by J Moss and features Dorinda Clark-Cole.  It’s kinda got an ol’ skool soul vibe to it.  “What He Did” is J Moss-written, PAJAM-produced, and has so much ear candy that you’ll wanna repeat it just to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

The single from the album, which has hit radio as of last week, is “Prayed Up.”  It’s got a tight sound and is written by Karen & her son, JDS.

AS IF that wasn’t enough, Larry Blackwell (VP of EMI Gospel) convinced Karen to do a little impromptu performance in the board room.  She kinda tossed out the first verse of “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” like it was NOTHING, but managed to leave all of us speechless.  I tried to clap for her, but I was all late… mesmerized and what not. LOL

In any event, that’s the deal on the album.  It’s expected to drop in early 2010, so save up NOW.  It’s Karen Clark-Sheard… it’s worth it.

Major shout-out to Ken Pennell, Larry Blackwell and Cameron Hilson for the invitation and hospitality.  Thanks also to Karen Clark-Sheard & Cynthia Ellis for sharing with me.


  • KHinesMusic

    Hey EJ,
    Thanks 4 Blessing us w/ that preview of what’s 2 come. I AM SO EXCITED!!! Anyone who knows me, knows that Karen Clark-Sheard is my favorite singer of ALL TIME! So, Question: When will you be posting “Prayed Up” or another track from “All In One” on the Gospel Pundit Player?

  • PJones

    THANK YOU EJ,

    EJ, man you have the best and most enjoyable site. I read ery’ day..

    I really love KCS’s music ministry and I’m sooooo ready for her new project to drop! I know it will be anointed and a blessing to the world. Thanks again for sharing. I have “Godly” jealousy though. (I know there’s no such a thing). I just wish I was up and close _ I wouldn’t of forgot my pic though.. LOL!!!

    Keep up the great work!

  • lmgo

    What an honor that must have been! I would have been elated to be a fly on the wall!! I’m excited about this new dimension of KCS!

  • Lee

    Hello EJ, I am another daily visitor of this sight. I have a great appreciation for you professionalism in the way you handle bringing industry news to the masses. With that said I am so very excited to hear the all exciting news surrounding Karen Clark Sheard. I really believe that it is her time to walk into an incredible season of abundant living, music ministry, and etc. Thanks again EJ and God Bless You.

  • Lee

    Hello EJ, I am another daily visitor of this site. I have a great appreciation for you professionalism in the way you handle bringing industry news to the masses. With that said I am so very excited to hear the all exciting news surrounding Karen Clark Sheard. I really believe that it is her time to walk into an incredible season of abundant living, music ministry, and etc. Thanks again EJ and God Bless You

  • Cj

    Im so excited about this new one from Karen! I KNOW ths is gonna be hot. It’s been a while since shes done a whole studio album. I hope its a good balance of churchy and urban because Karen specializes in Churban music( music that’s urban r&b but still has that churchy gospel flavor!) Thanks EJ for all your updates.

  • SB

    I am so excited, right now! Can’t type–
    Thank you, EJ for sharing this experience with us, that’s why I’m on here every day. Yay KCS!!!!

  • Godsrep

    Wow Karen!!..awesome song…can’t wait for the entire project to drop.