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Apr092013

J. Drew Sheard II Talks Branching Out: ‘Gospel Was Never Really My First Love’

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.

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Young man, you need to listen to your parents. They are wise. There is nothing out there in that world that you need.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

I love the Sheards. I watched the first episode and I think J Drew II is misguided and has let the love of the word seep into his pores. I was also very disgusted by how he treated the mother of his child--so disrespectful. He just dismissed her like she didn't matter. He needs to get his ego in check. I would give him this scripture: Proverbs 16:18 "Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling." Watch yourself young man. The bigger the ego, the harder they fall.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMeMe

God loves you young man and he put those gifts inside of you. How can the gospel not be your first love as a Christian? Gospel is not a genre of music it is our purpose for existing on this planet as Kingdom citizens. We are supposed to be spreading the message. If the gospel is hid it is hidden to them who are lost. Read 2 Cor 4:3!!!!

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEleanor

He seems lost, like he's forgotten to whom the glory belongs and who is responsible for giving him that gift in the first place. I feel sorry for him. He has a rough life road ahead of him if he doesn't get it together.

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvang D. Jackson

If you were raised in church as JDS II was and like I was, the truth is that the world comes calling. You're interested, your eyes are opened because it's different than what you've ever known. I can say of a certainty because I've been where he is...I thank God for grace and mercy. Let's, as the christian community, not throw him away because it's not our experience...God has a way...I know first hand. Just watch the show because it's indeed free!

April 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterQW

He was raised well & he has to follow HIS path. God will snatch him back into shape if he gets too far. That's the thing about this Christian walk, God will Let you walk but ohhhh when you get beside yourself he'll snatch you so fast you'll have swimming in the head. Once we are his we can't run or hide because he keeps his hands on us.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShadeema

God needs to b his first love otherwise nothing else in his life is gonna work. Dont let the blessings fool you it comes from a soldout heart. Nothing the devil gives you is for free. Boom.

April 10, 2013 | Unregistered Commenteranon

When it comes to ministry one should never call themselves to that lofty position. If God is not doing the calling it is destined to fail. I would not want someone preaching to me that was only doing it because his family expected him to do it. Ministry is not a family business, people's eternal souls are at stake and A Soul is a terrible thing to waste.

April 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLynn

I respect what he wants to do but hope he don't 4 get his roots because
So many people would love to take his place!

April 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterblack diamond

Please people don't forget at the age of 23 you guys were probably trying to find your way in this world of life. Pray for others sincerely before your so quickly to judge and make attacking judgements of failure. Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." This is true and I believe his parents have done this. I have praying parents and no matter how far I have tried to run into the things of this world, the Lord has a way of bringing you back to Him everytime if your willing and want to.

May 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTam

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