Recording artist Le’Andria Johnson will release her debut album, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, on September 6, 2011. The CD is produced by GRAMMY® Award winner Chuck Harmony (Rihanna, Fantasia, Chrisette Michele). The songs on the CD showcase Le’Andria’s unique combination of power, skill and reverence, which made her a favorite of Sunday Best fans. Her new single, “Jesus,” co-written by Le’Andria, is an urban contemporary song, with traditional gospel roots. In it, Le’Andria offers a soulful and stirring testimony about the difference Jesus has made in her life, and she makes an impassioned plea to the listener to turn to Jesus and “call Him like you want Him, call Him like you need him.” She will perform her new single, “Jesus,” on the finale of BET’s Sunday Best on September 4.
The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson 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 her brother, Terrance Johnson, a spiritually uplifting and compellingly worship song about God’s blessings in our lives.
The CD 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 into My Destiny,” written by Le’Andria and Terrance Johnson. Le’Andria performed this inspirational song after being crowned the winner of Sunday Best.
When you have seen Le’Andria Johnson live there is no denying that this woman can sing. The Urban Buzz Magazine favorites on the CD ; “God Is Trying to Tell You Something,” “Struggle Not,” and “New Reason.” We feel they should have released “Struggle Not,” first. However, we wish Le’Andria the best. She is a Key Player in our book of music.