The Heavens Are Telling

The Heavens Are Telling

by Karen Clark-SheardKaren Clark-Sheard


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Powerful, inspirational, and just downright gifted, Karen Clark-Sheard was already a successful artist as part of the Gospel Hall of Fame group the Clark Sisters when her 1997 solo debut Finally Karen launched her into a whole new stratosphere of popularity. The combination of her energetic voice with R&B/hip-hop-infused gospel songs pushed that album and its follow-up, 2nd Chance, to levels of crossover success rarely experienced by a gospel artist. Clark-Sheard's third disc, The Heavens Are Telling, incorporates the best elements of her previous outings by showcasing six new live performances alongside five new studio tracks. Rarely does this formula coalesce into a solid listen, as one set of tracks tends to overshadow the other; but in Clark-Sheard's case it works well as the enormity of her voice and depth of her message remain consistent throughout. Recorded in Detroit at the church where her husband serves as senior pastor, the live tracks (which successfully blend in studio overdubs) bristle with energy right from the start, as Clark-Sheard's commanding voice thrillingly demands attention in the jubilant R&B workout "We Acknowledge You." She maintains that joyous intensity on each successive live track, diversely moving through songs like the upbeat Stevie Wonder-ish "Glorious (Make the Praise)" and the gorgeous pop/R&B gospel ballad "God Is Here." The studio tracks, although more urban in tone, comfortably follow as the invigorating hip-hop of "Go Ahead" leads the way with guest Missy Elliott reshaping her songs "Work It" and "Slide" into praising raps. Once again working with her 2nd Chance writers/producers, Clark-Sheard effortlessly sings a set of songs that any R&B diva would be ecstatic to record -- especially when many of them are settling for mediocre retreads. Whether in the studio or on the stage, Karen Clark-Sheard sounds completely in her element and in command and totally committed to her music, her audience, and her message. Although her talent was already apparent as part of the Clark Sisters, it seems that going solo further enhanced her gifts and The Heavens Are Telling lets her rising star shine brilliantly.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/2003
Label: Elektra / Wea
UPC: 0075596289429
catalogNumber: 62894
Rank: 32326

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Clark-Sheard   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Vanessa Williams   Vocals
Mark Douthit   Saxophone
Mike Haynes   Trumpet
Chris McDonald   Trombone,Conductor
Nashville String Machine   Strings
Randy Poole   Horn Engineer
Cedric Thompson   Piano
Joey Woolfalk   Guitar
Melonie Daniels   Vocals
William Wood   Background Vocals
DeWayne Woods   Vocals
Calvin Rodgers   Drums
Audra Alexander   Background Vocals
Ayuana George   Overdubs
Erica McCollough   Vocals
Latrice Pace   Vocals
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Background Vocals
Troy Bright   Vocals,Overdubs
Katie Hagen   French Horn
J Moss   Background Vocals
Beth Beeson   French Horn
Jeane Lavant   Background Vocals
Blanche McAllistor   Vocals
Daphne Ginyard   Background Vocals
Yvonne Graham   Background Vocals
Quince "Quincey" Howard   Vocals
Larry Johnson   Organ
Sean Reed   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Thomas Whitfield   Contributor
Andraé Crouch   Composer
Karen Clark-Sheard   Executive Producer
Larry Gold   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Chris McDonald   Arranger,String Arrangements,String Conductor
James Moss   Composer
Sylvia Rhone   Executive Producer
Donald Lawrence   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Cedric Thompson   Musical Director
Melonie Daniels   Vocal Overdubs
Keith Pelzer   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Executive Producer
Jill Scott   Composer
J Moss   Producer,Engineer
Mark Anthony Williams   Engineer
Martha Munizzi   Composer
Todd Kozey   Engineer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Direction
Roberto Fantauzzi   Photo Production
Paul "PDA" Allen   Producer,Engineer
Steve "Supe" White   Programming
Israel Houghton   Composer
Jay Brown   Executive Producer
Chris Conway   Engineer

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