Mathew Knowles, President and CEO of Music World Entertainment was instrumental in helping Johnson land the new label deal.
“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,” says Knowles. “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.”
Attorneys Heather Beverly of the Law Office of Heather Beverly, P.C. and Chris Brown of Brown & Rosen, LLC worked amicably to provide the best long-term career goal options for their clients. Music World Gospel’s representative Beverly states, “It was personally important to Mr. Knowles that Le’Andria Johnson was placed in a thriving environment to give her an opportunity to compete among the very best.” Brown, who represents Johnson, adds, “Le’Andria is grateful for her early successes with Mathew Knowles and Music World Gospel. She was able to make a great impact in the gospel industry and build a solid platform that will take her to the next level.”
Le’Andria Johnson experienced a tremendous amount of success during her tenure at Music World Gospel. The GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist and two-time Stellar Gospel Music Award winner, took the gospel music scene by storm after winning the third season of BET’s gospel music competition, Sunday Best, and was Billboard magazine’s #1 Female Gospel Albums Artist of 2012. Her groundbreaking and chart-topping debut CD, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including 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. The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson spent seven weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, and remained in the Top 10 for over 20 weeks. In 2011, Le’Andria received her first GRAMMY® Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music performance for her debut single, “Jesus.” Le’Andria’s subsequent critically-acclaimed releases, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson Deluxe Edition, The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson, Christmas Best and her new project, Le’Andria Johnson The Experience, have all landed atop the Billboard charts. Le’Andria Johnson The Experience debuted in the Top 5 and has remained in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart since its release in September 2012. That same year, Le’Andria received three Stellar Gospel Music Awards nominations and won two awards for New Artist of the Year, and Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year. She also received her first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary). In Billboard magazine’s year-end issue, Le’Andria was named the overall #3 Gospel Albums Artists of 2012. She also had three albums that charted in Billboard’s Top 50, including her debut project, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson at #8, The Evolution of Le’Andria Johnson at #18 and Le’Andria Johnson The Experience at #49.