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Finally Karen

  • 1. Just for Me
    2. Nothing Without You - (featuring Faith Evans)
    3. Praise Festival
    4. Unconditional (Mad Love)
    5. Gotta Right...
    6. Can't Take It
    7. Jesus Is a Love Song - (featuring The Clark Sisters)
    8. Jesus Is a Love Song (Reprise) - (reprise)
    9. Balm in Gilead
    10. Holy, Thou Art Holy
    11. Heaven - (featuring Donald Lawrence)
    12. Couldn't Tell It If I Tried
    13. Praying Spirit, A
    14. Will of God, The - (featuring Kierra "KiKi" Sheard)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 524397

  • Credits

    Personnel includes: Karen Clark-Sheard, Faith Evans, Donald Lawrence, The Tri-City Singers, Kierra Sheard, The Clark Sisters (vocals); J. Kool (rap vocals); James Moss (various instruments); Bill Moss, Jr. (piano); Paul Allen (keyboards, programming, drums); Danny Weatherspoon (keyboards, synthesizer); Cedric Thompson (keyboards); Mel Gray (bass); Calvin Napper (drums); Dottie Alexander, Pam Taylor (background vocals); Stanley Brown, Benjamin Love, Lanar "Kern" Brantley.
    Motown Romance String Orchestra includes: John Hughes, Lenore Sjoberg, Bruce Smith (violin); Hart Hollman, Manchin Zhang (viola); Marey Chaneaux (cello); Pat Terry-Ross (harp); Stephen Molina, Rick Robinson (bass); Sam Tundo (percussion).
    Producers: Donald Lawrence, Stanley Brown, James Moss, Paul Allen.
    Engineers include: Jif Hinger, Michael Anzel, Paul D. Allen, Timothy Powell, Dan Glomski.
    FINALLY KAREN was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
    Personnel: Karen Clark-Sheard (vocals, background vocals); Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers , The Clark Sisters (vocals); J. Kool (rap vocals); Twanzette Henson, Sadie Whiteside, Vanessa Glenn, Stephanie Watson, Lajuana Henderson, Iva Johnson, Dorothy Ashmore, Traci Drummond (soprano); Tyronn Wilkins, Ronnie Dawkins, Rodney Bolden, Michael Young, Eric Young, LaJuene Thompson, Rodney Barber, Quinton Douglas, Darrell Hendrick, Kevin Jeffries, Derrick Brown, Terry Miller, Jimmy Dawkins (tenor); Pat Terry (harp); Lenore Sjoberg, Peggy Tundo, Linda Snedden-Smith, Bruce Smith , Marguerite Deslippe, Geoffrey Applegate , Adam Stepniewski, John Cleveland Hughes, Bob Murphy, John Hughes (violin); Caroline Caode, Sasha Mishnaevski, Glenn Mellow, Hart Hollman, Manchin Zhang (viola); Marey Chaneaux, Mario Defiore, John Thurman, John Thuman (cello); Bill Moss (piano); Daniel Weatherspoon (keyboards, synthesizer); James Moss (keyboards, drums, keyboard programming, drum programming, background vocals); Paul D. Allen (keyboards, drums, drum programming); Cedric Thompson (keyboards); Calvin Napper (drums); Sam Tundo (percussion); Pam Taylor, Dottie Alexander (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Paul D. Allen; Donald Lawrence ; Donald Lawerence; Ken Wallace; Mark Williams ; Cedric Thompson.
    Recording information: Detroit, MI.
    Photographer: Chris Carroll .
    Unknown Contributor Roles: Kierra "KiKi" Sheard; Donald Lawrence & the Tri-City Singers ; Dorinda Clark-Cole; Motown Romance String Orchestra; Chuck Nice; Paul Riser; The Clark Sisters ; Twinkie Clark-Terrell; Jacky Clark-Chisholm.
    Arrangers: Donald Lawrence ; Donald Lawerence; Myron Williams; Cedric Thompson.
    Smoothed out on Jesus, Karen Clark-Sheard flavors her enthusiastic, inspirational message with the sounds of contemporary easy-listening soul. Dominated primarily by cool grooves, slinky bass and keyboard lines and acrobatically embellished vocals, Finally Karen bridges the gap between the pop and Christian genres. Tracks like "Nothing Without You" (featuring Faith Evans), "Unconditional (Mad Love)" and "Praise Festival" (which concludes with a rap) would sound at home both at the altar and on the local Lite Soul radio station.
    Clark-Sheard's voice sounds like a thing unleashed slick and purring one minute, growling, soaring, looping and diving through the heavens the next ("Jesus Is A Love Song" is a fine example of her dexterity). Nods to traditional gospel are also included, like "Balm in Gilead," and "Holy, Thou Art Holy," and even the artist's daughter, Kierra Sheard, manages to sneak on for the last number. A wholly impressive effort, Clark-Sheard's first solo album celebrates being devout with a contemporary twist. Nominated for a Grammy in 1999.

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