This Is Me [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Andree Farias
As if making a statement, Kierra "KiKi" Sheard titled her sophomore album This Is Me, perhaps intending it as a knock to the all-over-the-placeness of her breakout debut, I Owe You. That first set earned her raves from gospel critics and listeners -- it also made history when it shot to the top of Billboard's gospel sales tally, a first for a female debut -- but it was too obvious an attempt to capitalize on the rising urban gospel market and her church-grounded pedigree as the daughter of the Clark Sisters' Karen Clark-Sheard. By contrast, This Is Me is nowhere near as calculated: it's more genuinely urban, befitting Sheard's age and sidestepping the ingratiatingly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andree Farias
As if making a statement, Kierra "KiKi" Sheard titled her sophomore album This Is Me, perhaps intending it as a knock to the all-over-the-placeness of her breakout debut, I Owe You. That first set earned her raves from gospel critics and listeners -- it also made history when it shot to the top of Billboard's gospel sales tally, a first for a female debut -- but it was too obvious an attempt to capitalize on the rising urban gospel market and her church-grounded pedigree as the daughter of the Clark Sisters' Karen Clark-Sheard. By contrast, This Is Me is nowhere near as calculated: it's more genuinely urban, befitting Sheard's age and sidestepping the ingratiatingly traditional side of I Owe You. As with most young performers, the disc is still handled by a bevy of producers and collaborators, but at least the songs never make Sheard sound out of character. Sassy and soulful, the vibe appears to be more truly her, as evidenced in the strains of hard-hitting contemporary R&B "You're the Only One", horn-splashed pop-funk "Yes", and even neo-soul "Have What You Want" scattered throughout the album. The latter style allows Sheard to even wax introspective, laying her soul bare in reflective midtempo jams like "Why Me," "Faith," and "Hear Me," all of which position her more as a budding soul diva than a gospel starlet on the rise. Good for her: while This Is Me isn't always a smooth ride -- Sheard still seems to be finding her voice in spots -- it outdoes the debut in that it presents a more accurate picture of where she, not her family or her label, wants to head artistically. [The CD was also released with a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
  • EAN: 4988006840102
  • Catalog Number: 66522
  • Sales rank: 312,486

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You're the Only One (3:42)
  2. 2 Yes (2:56)
  3. 3 It Is What It Is (3:36)
  4. 4 This Is Me (4:23)
  5. 5 Wrong Things (3:58)
  6. 6 Faith (2:47)
  7. 7 Why Me? (3:26)
  8. 8 Have What You Want (4:07)
  9. 9 You (2:49)
  10. 10 Change (3:28)
  11. 11 No, Never (3:44)
  12. 12 Hear This (Intro) (0:28)
  13. 13 Hear This (4:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard Primary Artist, Vocals
Kierra Sheard Indexed Contributor
Karen Clark-Sheard Background Vocals
Tommy Sims Bass, Guitar, Drums, Keyboards
Akil Thompson Acoustic Guitar
J Moss Vocals
Paul "PDA" Allen Vocals
Delisha Thomas Background Vocals
Antonio Neal Background Vocals
J. Drew Sheard Vocals
Technical Credits
T.C. Campbell Composer
Ken Love Mastering
James Moss Composer
Tommy Sims Programming, Producer, Engineer, overdub engineer, Vocal Engineer
Rodney Jerkins Composer
Ken Pennell Executive Producer
J.J. Campbell Composer
Karen Philpott Art Direction
Fred Jenkins III Composer
LaShawn Daniels Composer
Hector Diaz Engineer, Vocal Producer
Sean Cooper Sound Design
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard Vocal Producer
Warryn Campbell Producer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins III Producer
J Moss Producer, Engineer
Dwayne Wright Composer, Producer
Bruce Buechner Engineer
Paul "PDA" Allen Producer, Engineer
Brandon Egerton Executive Producer
Delisha Thomas Composer
Antonio Neal Producer
Rev. E.D. Campbell Composer
W. Campbell Composer
Kyle Lovett Programming
J. Drew Sheard Programming, Producer
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