Kierra "KiKi" Sheard

Free

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Kierra Sheard's Free features a mix of studio and live-in-Chicago material with a full band and her BRL Choir, all produced by her brother, J. Drew Sheard II. It’s Sheard’s boldest and most diverse album yet. There are the expected modern contemporary gospel sounds, while a few songs incorporate other styles, including pop-R&B (à la Bold Right Life's “Wave Your Banner”), dance-pop, and even hard rock, with remarkable ease and power. This would not be so effective if Sheard wasn’t in top, hefty-yet-flexible form.

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