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Gospel Group 'The Clark Sisters' Just Made Their Own Lifetime Movie

Bettina Dizon
May 04, 2020
08:00 A.M.

The Clark Sisters recently premiered their own Lifetime movie called “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel,” which features the true story of the group.

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On April 11, the Lifetime movie “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” premiered and it showcased the real-life story of the gospel group composed of all women.

HIGH MOVIE RATINGS

“The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” had over 2.7 million viewers during its premiere and marked the highest-rated Lifetime original movie since 2016.

Kierra Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard performing at the 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in February 2005 | Source: Getty Images

Kierra Sheard and Karen Clark Sheard performing at the 19th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in February 2005 | Source: Getty Images

The Christine Swanson-directed film had the best ad-supported cable since 2018 in key demos and the highest ad-supported cable this year.

Christina Bell, Kierra Sheard, Shelea Frazier, Raven Goodwin, Angela Birchett, and Aunjanue Ellis are among the stars who acted in the film.

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Recently, the sisters released “The Return,” a new album with rapper Snoop Dogg featured in the track called “His Love.”

GETTING TO KNOW THE CLARK SISTERS

The all-female group initially had five sisters as members: Jacky Clark Chisholm, Elbernita “Twinkie” Clark-Terrell, Denise Clark Bradford, Karen Clark Sheard, and Dorinda Clark-Cole.

Their first album, “Jesus Has a Lot to Give” released in 1973 with famous songs such as “Hallelujah,” “Jesus is a Love Song,” and “He Gave Me Nothing to Lose.”

Elbernita Clark-Terrell, Jacky Clark-Chisholm, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard of The Clark Sisters at BET Presents 19th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at Bethel University on February 1, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. | Source: Getty Images

Elbernita Clark-Terrell, Jacky Clark-Chisholm, Dorinda Clark-Cole and Karen Clark Sheard of The Clark Sisters at BET Presents 19th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration at Bethel University on February 1, 2018 in St Paul, Minnesota. | Source: Getty Images

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It was in the following decade that the singers reached stardom with Grammy Award wins for Best Gospel Performance and Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Recently, the sisters released “The Return,” a new album with rapper Snoop Dogg featured in the track called “His Love.”

SOLO CAREERS

The sisters have tried going solo in their career at some point, starting with Twinkie, who released the album “Comin’ Home” in 1992 and “Finally Karen” in 1997, which earned a Grammy nomination.

Dorinda also had her own debut album, which won two Stellar Awards, with the classic songs “I’m Still Here” and “Show Me the Way.”

Karen Clark Sheard performs at the 2nd Annual South Dade MusicFest and Mothers Day Musicfest SBC Community Development Corporation (SBC CDC) at Watsco Center on May 14, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

Karen Clark Sheard performs at the 2nd Annual South Dade MusicFest and Mothers Day Musicfest SBC Community Development Corporation (SBC CDC) at Watsco Center on May 14, 2017 in Coral Gables, Florida. | Source: Getty Images

The next sister to take a leap into the solo career was Jacky, who released her first album in 2005 called “Expectancy.”

Regardless if they are a group or solo act, the Clark Sisters have a huge fan base, including the iconic singers Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey.

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