GRAMMY® Award-winner and Music World Gospel recording artist Le'Andria Johnson can now add Stellar Award winner to her list of accomplishments. Le'Andria, who will celebrate her 30th birthday on Wednesday, Jan. 23, received an early gift when she won two Stellar Gospel Music Awards for New Artist of the Year and Contemporary Female Artist of the Year at the 28th Annual Stellar Awards held Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tenn.
"I was overjoyed to receive two Stellar Awards," said Le'Andria. "To God be the glory. That night was very special-my family came from Florida to be with me. Little did I know that they were also there to attend my surprise birthday party." Robert Hatcher and Urban Soul Café hosted the post award show birthday celebration at B.B. Kings Restaurant and Blues Club in Nashville.
Johnson also performed "I'm Livin'" from her current CD, "Le'Andria Johnson The Experience" at the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards, which aired live on GMC, with subsequent airings to follow.
Le'Andria also received her first NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary) for her current CD project, "Le'Andria Johnson The Experience." The 44th Annual NAACP Image Award will be televised live on NBC, Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. EST.
Last month, Johnson was named the #3 Gospel Albums Artist in Billboard magazine's year-end issue (following Lecrae and Marvin Sapp), which makes her Billboard's #1 Female Gospel Albums Artist of 2012.
Johnson is preparing for her upcoming concert dates and various national television appearances, including a performance on Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 10 p.m. EST (airdate subject to change).
The Stellar Gospel Music Awards show will air in syndication on 150 stations in over 125 markets across the country, Jan. 24 through March 3. Check local TV listings for dates and times.