Kierra Sheard Garners #1 Milestone With “It Keeps Happening”

Kierra Sheard hits another #1 milestone, as the GRAMMY nominated and Stellar Award-winning inspirational artist and actress garners #1 on the latest Billboard Gospel Airplay chart for her single “It Keeps Happening.” The hit song marks her first #1 single at Gospel radio as a solo artist, and her third #1 overall on the Gospel Airplay chart.

Co-writing the track with her brother, producer and songwriter, J. Drew Sheard, II, “It Keeps Happening” is featured on Sheard’s #1 album KIERRA (Karew Entertainment / RCA Inspiration), which debuted at #1 earlier this year on both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart and the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums chart in April – where her album unseated Kanye West’s album Jesus Is King from its six-month position at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart. Praising God in recognizing the constant blessing and covering He provides every day, Sheard delivered an elevating live worship experience when she performed “It Keeps Happening” for the first time before a sold-out crowd at her live recording in Detroit, MI at her hometown church, Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God in Christ. The fifteen-track album continues to showcase her unmistakable songwriting talents, with other featured studio and live tracks including featured appearances from Missy Elliott, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Sir the Baptist, Le’Andria Johnson, Todd Dulaney, and her nephew Jacob Sheard.

 

JoJo Martin Bounces Back From Life-Threatening Illness To Score Hit With Kierra Sheard

Grammy® Award winner PJ Morton‘s protégé, JoJo Martin, has bounced back from a life-threatening genetic kidney disease to drop a sterling new collaboration with singer/actress, Kierra Sheard, entitled, “Even If It Takes Forever” (Morton Inspiration/Tyscot).

The Atlanta, GA-based singer/musician says, “The song is about love. I’m a church kid. I grew up going to church. The song isn’t throwing Jesus in your face, but you know what I’m talking about. It gives people a chance to interpret the music from whatever stage of relationship with God they have.” Martin is also thrilled to have Kierra Sheard on the recording. The dynamic vocalist is fresh off of her co-starring role in Lifetime Television’s “The Clark Sisters: The First ladies of Gospel” which was the cable network’s highest rated original film broadcast in 4 years. “I’ve always been a fan of Kierra,” he adds. “The first tour I got to do on my own as a solo artist – Kierra gave me that opportunity. She’s one of my favorite voices, one of my favorite people.”

Although, Martin started working on the song a few years ago; it sat on the shelf while he battled focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSG), a genetic kidney disease that claimed his brother Jerome’s life at the age of 29. “If you have it, it usually activates when you are in your 20s and it kills your kidneys,” he says of it. I had been touring and was on a break. I got super sick. For days, I thought it was the flu. The last day I couldn’t even hold down water, so I went to the hospital. The doctor said I had swine flu. The similarity to covid-19 is incredible.  I had a temperature of 104 every day. My kidney function fell to 5%, my blood pressure was sky high. The only thing different is I never got on a ventilator. They found FSG in my kidney biopsy.”

For almost five years, Martin endured pain and dis-ease. He was on dialysis – 9 hours a night at one point – while awaiting a kidney donor.  He was in and out of hospitals for infections and eventually, he used a cane to stabilize his gait. “My immediate family knew, but I never talked about it publicly,” he confesses. Then, in August 2018, a friend, Britini Ruff, became his surprise kidney donor.

Now, Martin is back in good health and grateful to be well and making music. “I never complained about hating dialysis during that time,” he says. “I just wanted to make God proud. I knew it wasn’t anything that I did to make myself sick. Somebody needed to see me go through this and go through it well. God gave me the strength to get through another day.”

The thought-provoking urban inspirational track is now available at all major digital service providers: https://smarturl.it/fls1ia

Courtesy of hallels.com

Missy Elliott And Kierra Sheard Team Up

Definitely we have a gospel and mainstream collab. Missy Elliot is no stranger on to sharing her faith or in Gospel music. She comes from the time where back in the day did gospel songs. To name a few, Tyrese, Ludacris, R.Kelly has done it in multiple situations. Missy has been on several songs with Karen Clark Sheard (Kierra’s mother). However this doesn’t come as a surprise being a legend in the game, puts up a mark on this song, Don’t Judge Me”

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