Le’Andria Johnson is back with new single “Jesus” and label home Matthew Knowles’ New World Music.
Johnson roars on the new song from forthcoming freshman CD, “The Awakening of Le ‘Andria Johnson”. In June of 2010, with a voice that tranquilized 20 finalists and garnered 2 million votes from television viewers, Le Andria Johnson became the season 3 winner of Sunday Best.
Her journey to Sunday Best in part kept her close to fan’s hearts: At the time of the auditions, Johnson was then a 27-year-old divorced mother with 3 little mouths to feed who auditioned for the show a day after her home foreclosed, wearing jeans, gym socks and flip flops. She was almost disqualified based on her looks alone.
Johnson’s emotionally raw style is everything you’d expect it to be coming from a spiritually fatigued child of God, who has been on the other end of “holier than thou” criticism of one too many church people. Moaning, screaming, gripping runs and releasing notes at just the right place of syncopation, unbridled praise. The song ends with “The Lords Prayer” and Johnson in testifying mode, calling on Jesus after each sentence.
In terms of its message: “Jesus” is an ever-present help in the time of trouble.
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