While Le'Andria Johnson is celebrating her newfound success in gospel music and gearing up for the release of her Christmas EP, Christmas Best, she reveals that all that glitters isn't gold. In an in depth interview with the Associated Press, the twice-divorced single mother of three, confesses her sins: partying, drinking, and living it up, all while singing the gospel.
Associated Press contributor, Johnathan Landrum Jr. writes, "She earned a recording contract after her victory, performed on the network's 'Celebration of Gospel' and was on her way to gospel stardom, but Johnson still didn't want to swear off worldly habits such as going out to the nightclub, drinking alcohol or smoking. At one point, she felt like she couldn't live up to the standards expected for an inspirational singer."
Johnson was selfish in her focus, wanting the fame and success stardom brought, without being accountable in her walk with God. "I didn't want to be disrespectful to God," Johnson said, though she, in fact, was being just that. "I wanted to cool out for the moment and do me, go out or do anything."
And she did... for a while. But then, the singer felt convicted. "But no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't do it. Going out to the club — I couldn't. Drinking — I just couldn't do it."
This is the real danger for BET's Sunday Best franchise, argue opponents of the show who believe gospel music is different from mainstream. In their eyes, gospel is a ministry, but Sunday Best is entertainment, where judges choose artists based on talent, not integrity or commitment to Christ. Critics of the show claim pushing someone out to center stage is elevation from man, not God.
"When you see that mic in my hand, I'm giving you what happened to me last week or last month," Johnson said. "Good or bad, I'm giving you my story. My music is my reality show."
Matthew Knowles' Music World Gospel will release Le'Andria Johnson's Christmas Best on November 21, 2011.
What do you think? Is BET's Sunday Best guilty of putting artists out before they are ready? Is the show good for gospel or not? Share your thoughts.
SOURCE: AP via Yahoo! News