By EEW Magazine News & Entertainment Editors
For all the conservative Christians trying to force J. Drew Sheard II to fit into a mold, give it up. The newly minted reality star and producer has no plans to stay in the gospel box. In fact, gospel music, he says, “was never really my first love.”
In a candid interview with the Christian Post, the 23 year old son of Bishop J. Drew and Karen Clark-Sheard opens up about the pressure he feels from “church people”—a term he claims his father “hates.”
"I come from the whole gospel legacy thing. I just wanted to do something different because believe it or not when I first started working on music gospel was never really my first love," he reveals.
Although thousands fell in love with his production work on Free—the most recent CD from his gospel award-winning sister, Kierra—the headstrong musician sees the Christ-centered message as too limiting.
"I thought that there's more things to talk about in life besides the main thing that gospel songs talk about,” explains the single father. “I pretty much work to really be able to relate to people and become the best at it."
But it’s not easy branching off from his deep gospel roots. After all, he is an heir to the Sheard dynasty. “I come from this gospel background [so] everybody expects me to pretty much live a perfect life or do things in the lane of my mom and dad.”
But don’t hold your breath. Young Mr. Sheard has ideas of his own he fully intends to follow through on. “It’s just all about coming out of that box and coming out of those four walls and just being you,” he shares.
So then, what about his Christian faith? Is J. Drew II ditching Jesus altogether?
"I really believe that when it comes to the whole being a Christian or being a true man of God it's all about the time that you spend with God outside of church,” he explains.
“Don't get me wrong, going to church is a great thing. It all ties into being a Christian as well.”
But keeping a regular church-going schedule is certainly not his main focus, although he says, “I just continue to pray to God outside of church and read my Bible and seek God. I believe that he's with me ... no matter what I do I just feel his presence with me."
His new album is scheduled to be released some time in May 2013.