Le'Andria Johnson - The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe

Published Monday 14th January 2013
Le'Andria Johnson - The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe
Le'Andria Johnson - The Awakening of Le'Andria Johnson Deluxe

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 124134-19398
LABEL: Music World 879645009613
RRP: £9.99

Reviewed by Andy Cooper

It's been quite a season for Le'Andria Johnson: a homeless single mother from Orlando, Florida, entering the TV gospel talent search Sunday Best, winning it, releasing an album and gaining a Grammy award for best gospel performance! This deluxe edition compiles her debut album and first EP, including a few medleys from the TV show. It's hardly surprising that there are many uplifting and thankful lyrics about overcoming: "I Shall Leap", "Struggle Not" and "It's Gonna Be Alright". But her vocal performance is quite extraordinary: she can truly wail and cry like Aretha Franklin or Shirley Caesar, and add a contemporary edge: I'm sure she could stir even the thickest, coldest porridge with her tonsils alone! And she also brings soul and honesty like Mary J Blige or Beverley Knight. The backing arrangements, with choir and classic keyboard sounds, are constructed to please traditional gospel and R&B fans alike, with extra bass emphasis and strong urban beats. "Sooner Or Later" is a great example of old school arrangements meeting modern production techniques. Apart from Le'Andria not always knowing when to quieten down and show a more subtle side, the whole package is very convincing indeed.

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Reader Comments

Posted by a.b. in pennsylvania @ 04:55 on Feb 3 2013

i pray to God that she plays aretha in her bio movie... or at least play mahalia in HER movie.. she's perfect for BOTH roles.

You peeps MUST look at her "To God Be The Glory" vid from waco, tx on youtube!!

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