This Is Me [Bonus Track]

This Is Me [Bonus Track]

by Kierra "KiKi" Sheard

CD(Bonus Tracks)

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This Is Me [Bonus Track]

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.]

Product Details

Release Date: 01/13/2008
Label: Toshiba Emi Japan
UPC: 4988006840102
catalogNumber: 66522
Rank: 210962


  1. You're the Only One
  2. Yes
  3. It Is What It Is
  4. This Is Me
  5. Wrong Things
  6. Faith
  7. Why Me?
  8. Have What You Want
  9. You
  10. Change
  11. No, Never
  12. Hear This (Intro)
  13. Hear This

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Primary Artist,Vocals
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
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   Composer
LaShawn Daniels   Composer
Hector Diaz   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Vocal Producer
Warryn Campbell   Producer
Fred "Uncle Freddie" Jerkins   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
Sean Cooper   Sound Design

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