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Kierra Sheard joins BET's Sunday Best family as new judge

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Kierra Sheard replaces veteran Gospel singer CeCe Winans as a judge on season seven of BET's Sunday Best. Announced on March 3 via press release, BET gave word of the change. How will Kierra's presence, as judge, effect the tone of the show?

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Out from the shadows of famed award-winning legendary Gospel singer Karen Clark Sheard and group The Clark Sisters, Kierra is on a mission to make a name for herself. As a nine year old, Kierra, also known as KiKi then, showed how her Mother's gift of strong vocals and tone inclination really did rub off in the unforgettable duet song, "The Will Of God". Everyone knew from that point on that she was destined to follow in her Mother's footsteps, however Kierra wasn't so sure.

Some would say that the life of being a preacher's kid and being in a family of well-established Gospel artists that Kierra wouldn't have many struggles. Perhaps not as many as some, but Kierra Sheards' life is yet evolving. The child of a preacher has its own set of pros and cons in which Kierra navigates even with her personal struggles. One of her personal struggles has been her weight. At her heaviest, around 300 pounds, she had a coming-to-Jesus moment. This would change her life and cause her to get serious about her health.

From KiKi to Kierra, she has grown into a beautiful woman with her heart set on spreading God's word through song. Over these years, Kierra has definitely made her mark in the Gospel industry. With her rich family heritage rooted in the Gospel music industry and her mass appeal, Kierra is set to join the panel of judges on this upcoming season of Sunday Best.

Upcoming Auditions:

Saturday, March 8
Mississippi Boulevard Christian Church
70 North Bellevue Blvd, Memphis, TN 38104

Saturday, March 22
The Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church
4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur, GA 30034

Saturday, March 29
Reid Temple A.M.E. Church
11400 Glen Dale Blvd, Glen Dale, MD 20769

For continuous Sunday Best updates, please visit BET's website here. Also, follow Sunday Best on Twitter (hash tag: #BETSundayBest) and Facebook fan page.

Courtesy of BET, Sunday Best, Kirk Franklin, Kierra Sheard and MadameNoire.

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