THE SHEARDS is a new docu-drama profiling the mega-popular Detroit based gospel super star family.
Gospel icon Karen Clark Sheard, part of the legendary Clark Sisters, her husband Bishop J. Drew, a mega church pastor in the Motor City and their children, Stellar Award winner and Grammy-nominated gospel songstress Kierra Sheard and producer J. Drew Sheard, star in the hour long series. Told through the eyes of Kierra and J. Drew, we will follow them as they navigate family, friends, and faith in a secular world.
Meet the family
At only 24, Kierra has experienced amazing commercial success in the gospel world - releasing her own albums and appearing on tracks with her mother and other gospel music superstars. After recently being recognized with a Stellar Award for female vocalist of the year and releasing her fifth album, Free, Kierra is ready to find her own, unique voice. As part of the transformation, Kierra is dropping her widely used nickname “KiKi” so she can be taken more seriously in the music world.
J. Drew (22) is on a mission all his own as he wades through his own transition period. Growing up in the church, his great grandfather, grandfather and father all became bishops. Now, Bishop Sheard is pushing his son towards the direction of the church, but J. Drew wants to focus on being the next big secular hit-making producer. J. Drew is also trying to maintain a civil relationship with Shantel, the mother of his two year old son, who wants to have a relationship with him beyond their son.
Karen Clark Sheard
For Karen, it can be difficult being a first lady (a preacher’s wife), gospel superstar and doting mother. Faced with having an empty nest as daughter Kierra (the last to leave home) searches for her own independence, Karen looks at her own life and the choices she has made, especially in contrast to her daughter. Karen is continuing to help guide her children in the right direction as they branch off into adulthood while reinventing her own career and keeping the family together.
Bishop J. Drew Sheard
After rising through the church and becoming a Bishop, J. Drew Sr. feels the weight of the congregation on his shoulders as well as that of his family as he prepares to run for a higher office within his international Church of God In Christ denomination. Bishop is unsure of how his family will be received – J. Drew II has a two year old son out of wedlock, which is considered a big no-no in the church world, especially for the son of a Bishop.
THE SHEARDS is the newest addition to BET Networks long running list of successful gospel programing.
Tara Long, John Morayniss and Eric Hoberman from Entertainment One, Holly Carter, Donny Johnson and J. Drew Sheard all serve as executive producers for THE SHEARDS.
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