Le’Andria Johnson, the powerhouse singer who is the season three winner of BET’s Sunday Best, won fans around the globe as she competed in the world’s leading gospel competition television show. While this single mother's heart-wrenching story of loss and struggle tugged at the heartstrings of the viewing audience, it was her voice that captured the spirit and imagination of everyone, especially the Sunday Best season three host and judges: Kirk Franklin, Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary. “You are honest, you are genuine, you are a true gospel singer because you have the heart of God,” Campbell told Le’Andria. “You are anointed, you are blessed and people are going to be blessed and they are going to come to God watching you.” Adams added, “You haven’t seen what God’s going to do with you. Stay obedient because obedience is going to get you in front of kings and queens and presidents.” McClurkin concluded, “You’re about to minister to 6.7 billion people around the world. God will open up the whole world for you and souls are going to be saved and lives are going to be changed.”
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