Karen Clark Sheard Bio, Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Net Worth


Karen Clark Sheard is an American gospel singer and songwriter. She is part of the Clark Sisters gospel group as the youngest member. Likewise, she is known for being the mother of gospel singer and actress Kierra Sheard.

How old is She? – Age

Clark Sheard is 63 years old as of 2024. She was born on November 15, 1960, in Detroit, Michigan, United States, where she also grew up.

How tall is She? – Height

She stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m).

Mother, Father, and Siblings – Family

Karen was born to parents; Dr. Mattie Moss Clark and Reverend Elbert Clark in Detroit, Michigan. It is known that her mother was a gospel choral director while her father was a Reverend. She experienced her childhood along with her five siblings. They are Leo, Jacky, Denise, Elbernita “Twinkie” and Dorinda. Clarck. She started singing at age 5 along with her sisters as the Clark Sisters.

Educational Background

Clark Sheard enrolled at Mumford High School in Detroit, Michigan, where she graduated in 1978. She also received a Doctorate of Theology from the City of Hope Bible College.

Is She Married? – Husband

Karen has been married to her lovely husband, John Drew Sheard Sr., since 1984. He is a pastor and minister who currently serves as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. It is known that his church is a 6 million-member predominantly African-American Holiness Pentecostal denomination. Likewise, he serves as the pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Institutional Church of God.

Singer Karen Clark Sheard Photo
Singer Karen Clark Sheard Photo


Sheard and her husband John Drew Sheard Sr. have been blessed with two children; a son and a daughter. They are; Kierra Sheard who is a gospel singer as well as an evangelist and J. Drew Sheard II who is a label head, producer, and songwriter. The couple are also honored with three grandchildren; Jacob Dillon Sheard, Kali Drew Sheard, and Khloé-Drew Valencia Kelly.

Music Career

Karen is a vastly recognized gospel singer and songwriter known for her Finally Karen studio album debut. Afterward, she released her second album titled 2nd Chance after the doctors gave her a 2% chance of survival due a blood vessel burst in 2001.

Most noteworthy, she released All in One studio album in 2010 which debuted at number two on the Billboard Gospel Chart. Likewise, its single “Prayed Up” peaked at number nine on the Gospel Songs chart while it also entered the Billboard 200.

Before this, she had recorded both The Heavens Are Telling and It’s Not Over live albums in 2003 and 2006 consequently. Furthermore, she collaborated with Donnie McClurkin in the Wait on the Lord song for which she won the Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance.

Some of her popular songs include Couldn’t Tell It If I Tried, He Knows, and My Words Have Power. On the other hand, she has made several appearances on TV shows such as Gospel Superfest Holiday 20 part 1 & 2 and Stellar Music of Hope.

Net Worth

Clark Sheard has an estimated net worth of $10 Million.


  • Jesus Is a Love Song
  • You Deserve It
  • Excess Love
  • Balm in Gilead
  • God Is Here
  • You Loved Me
  • We Acknowledge You
  • Blessed & Highly Favored
  • Onaga
  • Only Call on Jesus
  • Nothing Without You
  • Sunday A.M.
  • The Will Of God


  • Soul Train Lady of Soul Award
  • Grammy Awards
  • Dove Awards
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