Le'andria Johnson Biography
Last updated: 06/16/2012 12:00:00 PM
Music World Gospel recording artist Le'Andria Johnson has taken the gospel music scene by storm since being crowned the season three winner of BET's Sunday Best in 2010. Her debut CD, The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson, entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts. The CD also debuted at #1 on the Christian Music Trade Association's Current Gospel Overall chart. It spent eight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart, and remains in the Top 5 for over 15 weeks. Le'Andria received her first GRAMMY® nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music performance for her debut single, "Jesus." She also released a Christmas CD, Christmas Best, which is sure to become a part of the holiday collections that are brought out year after year during the Christmas season.
Most recently, Le'Andria won Best Female Gospel Artist of 2011 for the First Annual Digital Gospel Music Awards - produced by Interactive One/Elev8.com. Le'Andria was nominated in the same category as Yolanda Adams, CeCe Winans, Maurette Brown-Clark, Martha Munizzi, Kim Burrell, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Beverly Crawford, and Lisa Page Brooks.
Now Music World Gospel is releasing two new CD projects from Le'Andria: The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition and an EP, The Evolution of Le'Andria Johnson. The deluxe edition contains the seven songs released on her debut CD plus seven new songs. The seven new songs are also being released as an EP, The Evolution of Le'Andria Johnson. Both CDs will be available in stores and online everywhere on February 14.
The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition, which features songs with styles that range from traditional/contemporary gospel to R&B, showcases Le'Andria's unique combination of power, skill and reverence that makes her a popular recording artist and an inspirational performer. New songs on the CD and the EP, The Evolution of Le'Andria Johnson, include, "It's Gonna Be Alright," a high energy urban contemporary song, written and produced by Stanley Brown, in which she assures the listener that even when things seem difficult, God is standing by and things are going to be alright; and "He Was There," a song that reminds us that God is there waiting for us to come to Him, written by Gary Paxton and Andrea Martin, and produced by Stanley Brown. In the soulful "Let It Go," written and produced by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Sara Devine, Le'Andria encourages people to let go of their burdens and let God handle them. She goes back to her traditional gospel roots in "Sooner Or Later," an uplifting song about God turning your life around, written by Hubert Powell III and produced by Brandon "B.A.M." Alexander and H. Doobie Powell for Chip Off The Block Productions. "He First Loved Me," an R&B style song of praise, was written by Le'Andria and her brother, Michael, who is a featured singer on the track. Le'Andria also recorded a full-length version of the popular song, "I Shall Leap," which she wrote with her other brother, Terrance Johnson. Le'Andria performed this inspirational song after being crowned the winner of Sunday Best. "Overtaken" rounds out the seven new offerings on the deluxe CD and the EP. Written and produced by Eric Dawkins, it is an upbeat song of praise for the way her life has changed since God took it over.
The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition also features her GRAMMY-nominated single, "Jesus," co-written by Le'Andria. An urban contemporary song, with traditional gospel roots, it offers Le'Andria's soulful and stirring testimony about the difference Jesus has made in her life, and her impassioned plea to the listener to turn to Jesus and "call Him like you want Him, call Him like you need him." Other songs on the CD include "Cast The First Stone," a mid- tempo song with a memorable, contemporary tune and a powerfully delivered message about how wrong it is to pass judgment on each other, also co-written by Le'Andria; "Make Him Like You," an R&B-style petition to God to lead her toward the true love that He designed for her; "New Reason," a new millennium twist on 1960s soul, with a message about turning from bad relationships to a new and better relationship with God; and "Struggle Not," co-written by Le'Andria and Terrance Johnson, a spiritually uplifting and compelling worship song about God's blessings in our lives. The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition also includes two tracks with medleys of songs performed by Le'Andria on Sunday Best. The first medley combines her roof-raising rendition of Quincy Jones and Andraé Crouch's "God Is Trying To Tell You Something," from the Broadway musical, The Color Purple, and her fresh take on Fred Hammond's (Commissioned) hit song, "Running Back To You." In the second medley, Le'Andria puts her spin on Myron Butler and Levi's pop-style hit, "Set Me Free," and offers a heartfelt rendition of "I Shall Leap."
Le'Andria is enjoying critical acclaim and tremendous success, but for the 29-year-old, twice divorced mother of three, it has been a long and often arduous journey to the spotlight in the gospel music industry. An accomplished singer and songwriter and an anointed praise and worship leader, Le'Andria was born in Orlando, Florida and began singing and performing for her family at two years old. When she was four, the family moved to the small town of Palatka, Florida, where she lived until she returned to Orlando in 2003. Her father, Dr. G.A. Johnson, Sr., served as presiding Bishop of the Head Quarters (HQ) Ministries. She began singing at her father's church at the age of six and became praise and worship leader when she was 16. Throughout her childhood and teen years, Le'Andria sang in school choruses and in community talent shows. At 17, she had her first performance before a major audience when she sang for 8,000 people at a conference sponsored by gospel legend Pastor Shirley Caesar. She also sang with gospel artists Luther Barnes, Jimmy Hicks and Voices of Integrity and the Williams Brothers, as well as at churches in Southern Florida, Georgia and North Carolina.
She is now signed to Music World Gospel in a joint venture with BET's Sunday Best brand. She has moved to Houston, Texas, and is busy ministering her music on television, radio, and live performances across the country. She recently was featured in the Jacksonville, Florida run of T.J. Hemphill's play, Perilous Times II, with Music World label mate and Sunday Best alumna Andrea Helms.
Le'Andria is thrilled with the reception of her debut project, and she is excited about the new songs on her forthcoming projects. A licensed minister, Le'Andria believes that singing is her God-given talent, but that ministry is her calling. As she ministers through music, she hopes that her songs will continue to make a difference in people's lives.