Balm In Gilead: King, Karen, & Jeremiah

  • Video: Karen Clark Sheard – “Balm In Gilead” / Live with Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers!
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. – An uptempo Gospel rendition of a hymn that was one of King’s favorite – according to his wife, Coretta Scott King (Huffington Post piece by Adelle M. Banks).  

This song, and “Precious Lord, Take My Hand”, helped him during the turbulent times he lived – until his assassination in 1968.     He refers to Jeremiah 8 extensively in a sermon he gave at a Baptist Church in Chicago; check out King’s thoughts on Jeremiah 8:22 – in an excerpt from his Why Jesus Called A Man A Fool (August 27, 1967) sermon.

  • Karen Clark Sheard – Having sung as a part of The Clark Sisters, her daughter, Kierra “KiKi” Sheard is a talented gospel singer too.  This song, from Karen’s first solo studio album Finally Karen (1997), was a hit.    It’s her powerful rendition of a song Karen originally recorded as part of The Clark Sisters – on their Heart & Soul album.    Karen, Donald, and the Tri-City Singers get an A+ for this one!   

The awesome video above was recorded, based on YouTube information I have, at a concert in Detroit in 1997.    I love when a singer or choir adds a touch to a hymn . . .  and makes it live anew – and touch people in a special, anointed way.

  • Jeremiah 8:22

Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?   Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? (NIV)


One thought on “Balm In Gilead: King, Karen, & Jeremiah

  1. Reblogged this on 66 Assurance Way and commented:

    Karen Clark Sheard has a new Gospel release out this month: Destined to Win. The encouraging title song is powerful! I thought today would be a good day to reblog a post which features one of Karen’s classics: Balm in Gilead.


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