Which Clark Sisters Were Born On The Same Day, Different Year?
Happy Birthday to Karen Clark Sheard, the baby, and her big sister Twinkie celebrating birthdays on the same day, different years.
(Courtest of Wikipedia) Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell is a two-time Grammy Award–winning American gospel singer, composer, musician, and evangelist. She is a member of The Clark Sisters, an influential gospel vocal ensemble active since the late ’60s.
A musical genius. Dubbed as the “Queen of the Hammond B3″ organ, “The Mother Of Contemporary Gospel.” Gifted musician, songwriter, arranger, producer and gifted vocalist .
Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, is the heart and soul of the Clark Sisters. She has been the creative force in shaping the vibrant sound that has become the Clark Sisters’ hallmark (more affectionately known as the ‘Clark Sound’) since their mother Mattie Moss Clark turned over control of the group to her in the early 1970s.
It was Twinkie’s leadership via musical innovation, songwriting and vocal arrangements that gave the Clark Sisters their unique sound. In the history of Gospel music, she has quickly become a legend in her own right. With the reverence of a vast array of audiences, critics and peers, she is considered by many Gospel aficionados to not only be Gospel music’s greatest, but also the undisputed “Queen of the B3 Hammond organ.
Twinkie has written and/or arranged over 200 songs that have been recorded by the likes of Donald Lawrence & The Tri City Singers, James Cleveland, Dave Hollister, Jennifer Holiday, Kelly Price, Rev. Donald Vails and others. Richard Smallwood, Jennifer Holiday, Kim Burrell, Shirley Murdoch, Donald Lawrence, R&B singer Coko and Fred Hammond count Twinkie was influences/inspirations.
An accomplished pianist and organist, Twinkie received her formal musical training at the prestigious Howard University in Washington, D.C. and went on to create some of the most memorable hits for herself and her siblings. According to sister Jacky Clark-Chisholm, their mother, Dr. Mattie Moss Clark, began training Twinkie on the piano as an infant and by the age of four, she could play full songs. Around the age of 9,
Karen Clark-Sheard (born Karen Valencia Clark on November 15, 1960) is an American gospel four-time Grammy Award winning singer, musician, and songwriter. The youngest daughter of pioneering gospel choral director Mattie Moss Clark, Sheard began her career as a member of the Grammy-Award winning, gospel legendary female group, The Clark Sisters.She is the mother of contemporary gospel singer and actress Kierra “Kiki” Sheard.
During the hiatus of the Clark Sisters, Sheard rose to fame after she recorded her critically acclaimed and much anticipated solo album Finally Karen, which spawned her hit, “Balm in Gilead” (a re-recording of a song she originally recorded as part of The Clark Sisters back in the 1980s for their Heart & Soul album) the R&B-flavored “Just For Me” and “Nothing Without You” – a contemporary duet with R&B diva Faith Evans. Finally Karen became one of the most successful gospel albums of 1998 earning Sheard a Grammy nomination and earning her a Soul Train Lady of Soul Award for “Best Female Vocalist”.
After her debut album success and much touring, Sheard was hospitalized in 2001 after one of her blood vessels burst during a minor surgery, resulting in doctors giving her a 2% chance of survival. Her testimony inspired the title name for her long-awaited sophomore project, Second Chance released in 2002, featuring a “Secret Place” – which is now considered a classic amongst fans. Sheard recorded two more live albums, including The Heavens Are Telling and It’s Not Over (which featured some studio recordings), before releasing All in One, Sheard’s first all-studio-recorded album in 13 years. The album debuted at #3 on the U.S. Billboard Gospel Chart and #98 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, while its first single “Prayed Up” has so far peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Gospel Songs chart.