Karen Clark Sheard: “God Is Bigger Than Me Being An Artist”

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It doesn’t matter where you go – be it a cookout, house party, wedding reception or summer block party – you can be sure that the Clark Sisters classic “You Brought the Sunshine” will be played. As the daughter of a pioneering gospel music icon, Karen Clark Sheard was birthed into a musical legacy of greatness and began making hits with her four sisters when she was just barely a teen. Now with nearly 20 years of success as a solo artist, the 4-time Grammy winner looks back in amazement. Destined to Win, her latest solo album, seems like an obvious choice of title for a woman with music literally etched into her DNA and accolades upon accolades, but claiming her birthright as a winner has not come without its challenges.

“God is not surprised by what challenges we have,” Clark Sheard shared in a recent interview with BlackDoctor.org. “That’s what motivates me to keep believing and press forward. Press through the fight.” Right before recording her 2002 album Second Chance, Clark Sheard had a serious encounter with her health –  a blood clot in her lungs and another in her leg.