Kierra Sheard is one of the most exciting young artists in gospel. Her powerful vocals and killer production position her to be a trendsetter for years to come. Listen to Kierra’s thoughts on what’s to come for worship and music in the year’s to come.
GT: Kierra, as a younger person, what do you think about the next generation and how music and worship is going to change as your generation becomes the predominant group in church.
Kierra: We probably won\’t be as traditional sounding. There will be less choir music. We\’re making music more for ensembles. The music is more for praise and worship themes.
I think that our music is slowly but surely changing and becoming more simple, easy congregational songs. We are adapting to a multi-cultural sound like Hillsong, Chris Tomlin and Michael W. Smith. We\’re singing their songs now, which was really kind of rare back in my parent\’s day.
They did a lot of shouting! (Laughs). We do a lot of shouting now but we\’re going towards more of a simple sound. For example, on my last record, Mom was like, “You need some harmonies in there,” and I had to tell her, “Mom, we don\’t appreciate harmonies like in your day.”
I also think that my generation is more commercialâ€”the sound is simpler than the generation before. You can hear it, not just in gospel music, but you also in the difference between today’s R&B music versus the soul-era musically.
The sound is constantly changing too because you’ve got also got rap that\’s more popular than ever. Lecrae is taking over an audience that I have no clue of. You’ve got Rap, Praise and Worship and the contemporary sound like MaryMary and Kirk Franklin and stuff like that. We\’re actually broadening, which is a good thing.
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Kierra’s Next Project
Kierra and brother, J. Drew, II are working on tracks for Kierra’s next project. She’s also re-connecting with mega-producer Rodney Jerkins, who worked with Kierra early in her career. Kierra is hopeful for a 2nd quarter, 2013 release.