Thanking God for Second Chances

2nd Chance-Karen Clark Sheard, Elektra
by Andrea R. Robinson

Karen Clark Sheard

Vocalist extraordinaire Karen Clark Sheard returns from a five-year hiatus with her Elektra debut and second solo project. Made famous as a member of the legendary Clark Sisters and daughter of gospel pioneer, the late Mattie Moss Clark, Sheard has had the gospel music community waiting with bated breath for her new release, 2nd Chance.

The title, alluding to the health setback that brought her to death's door (she was given only a 2 percent chance to live), aptly describes the spiritual renewal that has taken place in her life. The revival is readily apparent in the inspirational tone of such songs as "I've Been Changed" and "Brand New Day".

"Be Sure," an R&B-flavored cut about being sure of your potential mate, will certainly be welcomed on mainstream radio. Other strong cuts include the funky "Only Call on Jesus," the emotive "If I Can't Say a Word" and the upbeat "So Good." Other highlights are the churchy, organ-tinged "It's Not Over," a reminder that God has the last say and the beautifully penned "A Secret Place."

Not skimping on production, 2nd Chance brings in such notables as Richard Smallwood, Donald Lawrence, Paul D. Allen and Sheard's cousin J. Moss. Known as a riveting singer, Sheard steps it up a notch with this project.

There's something about really going through that gives you a testimony you just can't hide. And Karen Clark Sheard isn't about to keep quiet about how the Lord healed her. You hear it in her music, and you hear it in her voice. She's grateful for her second chance.

Reprinted with permission from Charisma, (September 2002). ? Strang Communications Co., USA. All rights reserved.

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