Kierra was soon singing backing vocals alongside her mother, the Clark Sisters
, and her aunt Dorinda Clark-Cole
. In 2003, Kierra signed a record deal with EMI Gospel, and her debut solo album, I Owe You, was released in September 2004. The album was a critical and commercial success, rising to number four on the gospel albums chart and number 29 on the R&B/hip-hop chart. A collection of remixes, Just Until..., was released in August 2005, and one track from the set, a reworking of "Let Go" by the Godson Complex, became a major hit in Japan. In June 2006, shortly after graduating from high school, Kierra dropped her second album, This Is Me, which reached number one on the gospel album chart the week it was released. The album spawned three singles ("Yes," "Why Me," and the title song) and received a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album. Kierra's third album, Bold Right Life, appeared in October 2008, and the same month, she appeared as a guest vocalist on the single "God in Me" by Mary Mary
, which became a major gospel hit. In late 2009, the compilation Kiki's Mixtape was released, which featured a collection of new tracks, remixes, and fan favorites.
In 2010, Kierra landed small roles in two Christian-themed films, Preacher's Kid and Blessed and Cursed. Kierra's fourth proper album, 2011's Free, found her jumping to Karew Records
, the label that had long been home to the Clark Sisters
and Karen Clark Sheard. The album also debuted the BRL Choir (standing for "Bold Right Life"), a gospel vocal ensemble working with Kierra. In April 2013, the BET cable network debuted the reality series The Sheards, which followed the activities of the extended Clark
and Sheard families, both on- and off-stage. Kierra's fifth album, Graceland, was released in July 2014; it was preceded by a pair of singles, "Trumpets Blow" and "2nd Win," and topped digital sales charts shortly after it was posted. In November 2015, Kierra delivered a new EP, an eight-song effort titled LED. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi