She is a young woman now; her singing keeps getting better and her vocal range keeps getting higher. She also put on a successful youth conference during the summer. Put all of that together with the maturity as an artist and you’ve got Kierra Sheard.
Back with Bold Right Life, “bold” is surely the word to use for this new one. Sheard enlists the help of Warryn Campbell, kid brother J Drew Sheard, Asaph Ward, PAJAM and Gerald Haddon.
Among the albums cuts are several focusing on her love affair with Jesus. The cleverly fun and upbeat ditty, “My Boyfriend” could be a good theme song for “True Love Wait” campaigns, or for teen girls and women. The title will definitely turn heads, but she is talking about Jesus so do not get it twisted.
Baby Dubb handles production on “Love Like Crazy”, which has chorus and a groove that is mesmerizing.
Sheard’s growth and ability to tackle different styles with authenticity is evident as she wonderfully sings the pop/rock ballad, “Invisible”. Gerald Haddon produces this sure-fire hit while he and his wife Tammi share co-writing duties.
Kiki sings in a more airy tone on “Jesus”, a soothing number that has J. Drew adding his backing vocals and guitar. J Drew is also growing as a producer and a singer. It’s scary to see the strides that the two are making and they are not even 21 yet.
“Like David” is a praise song that one might think would be on mother Karen’s album, but Kiki does a great job all on her own.
For those fans who love the grooves that this artist has quickly become renowned for, rest assured that they are represented well. “Won’t Hold Back” is a banger that is as infectious as it is catchy, while “If It Had Not Been” is a fast-paced dance number with a hint of that Washington DC “go go” style.
Mary Mary guest on “Wave Your Banner”, a progressive dance track that calls for people to celebrate their live in Christ. Just put this on repeat, work out to it or just dance!
PAJAM produces the stripped down lead single, “Praise Him Now”, proving that less is sometimes more. This song of worship is filled with strings, great backing vocals, modulations and that good ole’ singing from Kiki. Another song to check out is the beautiful, “Oh Lord”, produced by Asaph Ward.
This is Kierra Sheard’s most complete project to date, and it deserves a lot of attention. What a way to help close out the year and begin 2009.
album release date: November, 2008
reviewed by Dwayne Lacy for Gospelflava.com