TGJ: Hey there J. Drew! Thanks so much for the time!
J.Drew: Not a problem! Thank you guys!
TGJ: No problem! So, let's get right to it. 'The Sheards' reality show premieres April 7th at 10/9 CST on BET. Tell us, how did it all come about?
J. Drew: It all just kind of happened. One of my friends in the business just finished another show and wanted to get some Christians on T.V. to show life from their point of view. He was looking for people from his hometown. We got presented the opportunity and ran with it.
TGJ: Wow! So, what should we expect from the first season? J. Drew: You can expect some very positive things and, here and there, there may be some "in between positive and negative" things (laughs). I think it will be a good show. It's going to really show how we are normal people and able to live normal lives yet still be Christians and love God.
TGJ: We look forward to that. For you personally, why was now the time for the world to see such a personal side of your life?
J. Drew: For a long time I've been playing the role of son to Karen Clark Sheard or brother to Kierra Sheard, but during that process I actually got to experience life. I'm happy about what I've been through and now I want the world to see that process and how Ive gotten to this point.
The main reason is I want to show the world and inspire others through my situations.
TGJ: We've seen the trailers and we must say it's looking like you'll be the focal point of the show. So, how do you respond to people who are already criticizing or weighing in on who they think you are?
J. Drew: I love everybody and want to keep it at that (laughs). I just thank everyone for supporting the show, if they like me or don't.
TGJ: What are you wanting people to walk away with from the show?
J. Drew: Most importantly I want people to see that throughout the show I was able to be myself.
TGJ: Now, as with many interviews, we have a segment called “Five From Fans” where we received five questions from our readers for you. Are you ready?
J. Drew: Absolutely!
TGJ: 1) You've spent your life surrounded by the Moss, Clark, and Sheard family legacy. What was it like growing up as part of that? And, is there any pressure to match or succeed what they've done?
J. Drew: It was very interesting. Of course, it was such a blessing. I was surrounded by so much music and talent all the time. I got the opportunity to learn a lot of things. And, one thing about our family is that we're very supportive. I never felt under pressure to do something I couldn't or didn't want to do.TGJ: 2) Biggest misconception about reality shows? J. Drew: I would say a lot of people think that reality shows are fake, but believe it or not, that's not the case at all. It is real.
BET's 'The Sheards' Extended Preview
TGJ: 3) Considering that you’re about to be part of a reality show, what’s your favorite to watch?
J. Drew: I don’t have any favorites because I don’t watch TV as I want to (laughs). But, some that I do tune into from time to time are ‘Love & Hip Hop’ and Lifetime’s ‘The Preacher’s Daughters‘. Those are the first two that come to mind.
TGJ: 4) What advice do you have for other “PKs” (preacher’s kids) who are looking to venture outside of the church?
J.Drew: The advice I would give is do what’s best for you. Try to keep as much positivity in your life as possible and try not to let any negativity bring you down. Just continue to move forward and do what you think is best. That’s one thing I had to preach for myself.
Also, make sure to stay prayed up when you’re making that decision and seek God in what ever you want to do.
TGJ: 5) Last, but not least, what is your favorite Clark Sister song and why?
J. Drew: My favorite Clark sister song is ‘For the Love of the People’. I actually did a remix to it. It is absolutely one of my favorite songs of all time. That song is incredible! Aunt Twinkie [Clark's] arrangements are just ridiculous.
If I had to say my second favorite, it would probably be ‘Jesus Is A Love Song’.
‘For the Love of the People’
‘Jesus Is A Love Song’
TGJ: Now, bringing this all home, lets talk about your forthcoming project. Describe the JDS sound for anyone who hasn’t heard it?
J. Drew: It has a futuristic type of sound. It’s dark, but very musical. The drums hit really hard and I have a lot of 808s going. Of course, coming from where I’m from, every one expects it to be musical. After so many years of studying the music industry, I finally found the niche to being musical yet having a beat that everybody can get excited over.
TGJ: So, your new EP is due May 2013. What should we expect from it?
J. Drew: You should expect some good music! Good stuff talking about everything from relationships to breakup songs and, of course, some “turn up” songs. I also have a few inspirational songs on it too.
No title yet though because I’m still in the studio working on material for it. So, we’re finishing up that and should have a title pretty soon.
Interview by: Quinno Rashad (That Grape Juice US)