Balm In Gilead: King, Karen, & Jeremiah

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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  • 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…

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