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Finally Karen

Finally Karen

by Karen Clark-Sheard Karen Clark-Sheard


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After spending most of her life singing with her siblings in the Clark Sisters, Karen Clark-Sheard released her debut solo album, Finally Karen, in 1997. Listeners already knew from the Clark Sisters that Karen possessed a wonderful, powerful voice, but Finally Karen confirms the depth and range of her talent. From the outset, it's clear that she has decided to broaden her appeal by bringing in urban R&B influences. Clark-Sheard works with producer/songwriter Donald Lawrence, Stanley Brown, James Moss, the Tri-City Singers, and Faith Evans, and the result is a joyous, inspirational album, largely recorded live at Detroit's Bailey Cathedral. It's alternately celebratory and reflective, and it confirms that Karen Clark-Sheard is a talent in her own right.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/04/1997
Label: Island
UPC: 0731452439727
catalogNumber: 524397
Rank: 93559


  1. Just for Me
  2. Nothing Without You
  3. Praise Festival
  4. Unconditional (Mad Love)
  5. Gotta Right...
  6. Can't Take It
  7. Jesus Is a Love Song
  8. Jesus Is a Love Song (Reprise)
  9. Balm in Gilead
  10. Holy, Thou Art Holy
  11. Heaven
  12. Couldn't Tell It If I Tried
  13. A Praying Spirit
  14. The Will of God

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Karen Clark-Sheard   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Voiceover
Clark Sisters   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Dawkins   Tenor (Vocal)
Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers   Vocals
Pat Terry   Harp
Paul D. Allen   Drums,Keyboards
Rodney Barber   Tenor (Vocal)
Lanar Brantley   Musician
Derrick Brown   Tenor (Vocal)
Hart Hollman   Viola
John Hughes   Violin
Terry Miller   Tenor (Vocal)
James Moss   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bob Murphy   Violin
Chuck Nice   Overdubs,Voiceover
Pam Taylor   Background Vocals
John Thurman   Cello
Sam Tundo   Percussion
Daniel Weatherspoon   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Soloist
Eric Young   Tenor (Vocal)
Michael Young   Tenor (Vocal)
Dorothy Ashmore   Soprano (Vocal)
Rodney Bolden   Tenor (Vocal)
Shirley Bolden   Alto (Vocal)
Erica Bratton   Alto (Vocal)
Ronnie Dawkins   Tenor (Vocal)
Traci Drummond   Soprano (Vocal)
Faith Evans   Track Performer
Vanessa Glenn   Soprano (Vocal)
Lajuana Henderson   Soprano (Vocal)
Twanzette Henson   Soprano (Vocal)
Angie Hollis   Alto (Vocal)
Kevin Jeffries   Tenor (Vocal)
Iva Johnson   Soprano (Vocal)
Mattie Jones   Alto (Vocal)
Donald Lawrence   Track Performer
Julie Logan   Alto (Vocal)
Arnetta Murrill-Crooms   Alto (Vocal)
Cedric Thompson   Keyboards
Stephanie Watson   Soprano (Vocal)
Benjamin Love   Musician
Melvin Gray   Bass
Geoffrey Applegate   Violin
Marguerite Deslippe   Violin
Glenn Mellow   Viola
Calvin Napper   Drums
Adam Stepniewski   Violin
Dottie Alexander   Background Vocals
LaJuene Thompson   Tenor (Vocal)
Sadie Whiteside   Soprano (Vocal)
Annette Fyre   Alto (Vocal)
Sasha Mishnaevski   Viola
Stephen Molina   Bass
Tyronn Wilkins   Tenor (Vocal)
Tami Young-Spann   Alto (Vocal)
Manchin Zhang   Viola
J. Kool   Rap
Tonya Praileau   Alto (Vocal)
Sharla Reed   Alto (Vocal)
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Track Performer
Darrell Hendrick   Tenor (Vocal)
Rick Robinson   Bass
Lenore Sjoberg   Violin
Linda Snedden-Smith   Violin
Caroline Caode   Viola
Marey Chaneaux   Cello
Mario Defiore   Cello
Quinton Douglas   Tenor (Vocal)
John Thuman   Cello
Peggy Tundo   Violin
Tri-City Singers   Voiceover
John Cleveland Hughes   Violin
Bill Moss   Piano
Bruce Smith   Violin

Technical Credits

Clark Sisters   Contributor
Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers   Contributor
Paul D. Allen   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Stanley Brown   Producer,Executive Producer
Dorinda Clark-Cole   Contributor
Kirk Franklin   Critic
Dan Glomski   Engineer
Fred Hammond   Critic
Hiriam Hicks   Executive Producer
James Moss   Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Chuck Nice   Engineer,Contributor
Timothy R. Powell   Engineer
Teddy Riley   Critic
Paul Riser   Contributor,Orchestral Arrangements
Mark Williams   Engineer
Faith Evans   Critic
Robert Haynes   Engineer
Donald Lawrence   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Cedric Thompson   Arranger,Producer,Musical Director
Twinkie Clark-Terrell   Contributor
T.D. Jakes   Critic
Carl Robinson   Engineer
Milton Thornton   Producer
Myron Williams   Arranger
Darius Lawrence   Engineer
Kowan "Q" Paul   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Jacky Clark-Chisholm   Contributor
Motown Romance String Orchestra   Contributor
Judy T   Art Direction
Joei Powers   Engineer
Kierra "KiKi" Sheard   Contributor
Penny Hardaway   Critic
Jif Hinger   Engineer
Mike Anzel   Engineer
Jacob Campbell   Engineer
Paul Abrams   Engineer
Timothy Powell   Engineer
R. White   Composer
E. Clark   Composer
D. Frazier   Composer

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