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Gospel Singer Le’Andria Johnson Dropped From Her Label

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LeAndriaJohnsonNewPRImageOctober20122By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Success, and conflict surrounding that success, came quickly for gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson, but she put some of that behind her with a new deal with RCA Inspiration Music Group, announced this week.

Matthew Knowles, father and former manager of Beyonce and president of Music World Entertainment, announced that his company has released Johnson from the contract she signed after winning a gospel music talent competition in 2011, according to a press release posted by eurweb.com.

“As Music World Gospel continues to move forward, I wanted to ensure that Le’Andria would have the very best opportunity to match her successes and further her talents and gifts as recording artist,” Knowles said. “I am happy that she is with one of the leading companies in the gospel industry. RCA Inspiration Music Group is part of the Sony family of labels, a company that Music World Entertainment has worked successfully with for 20 years. I am also proud of the work we achieved at Music World Gospel and I wish her the very best in all her future endeavors.”

Johnson experienced tremendous success with Music World Gospel, including a Grammy Award for best gospel/contemporary Christian music performance in 2011. Johnson won the third season of BET’s gospel music competition, “Sunday Best,” and was Billboard magazine’s No. 1 Female Gospel Albums Artist of 2012.

But fame caught Johnson off-guard, according to a story on the 700 Club website, which states that the singer who grew up singing in her father’s church fell into a life of partying and drinking too much. Life hadn’t been easy for the single mother of three, twice divorced, who lost her home to foreclosure the day before auditioning for “Sunday’s Best.”

“I knew I wanted better. I figured I would try out and see where I go from there,” Johnson said about her debut.

But success didn’t solver her problems. At one point, she felt like she couldn’t live up to the standards expected for an inspirational singer, the 700 Club reported. A bitter feud with Knowles added to the singer’s strife. In 2013 she took to Twitter to call out her manager.

“I have not said nothing for two years now!!! Matthew Knowles is a crook!! And I want out!!! I’m tired of being bullied,” Johnson tweeted.

Johnson now credits God and supportive friends for helping her adjust to her new life.

“We all have the power to say yes or no,” Johnson said.

The party life behind her and now a new deal with a new company seems to suggest Johnson is figuring it out and has left the problems of her past behind her for good.

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Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com