Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson recently revealed a longtime struggle with substance abuse. During a performance in Philadelphia, the musician told the audience she was freed from alcohol after spending 30 days behind bars. The singer was happy to announce that she was wearing a government-issued ankle bracelet as part of the healing process.
Johnson, winner of the hit gospel show, “Sunday Best”, has been a constant source of conversation for her critics. Known for being extremely transparent with her fans, Johnson never hid the fact that she drank and was proficient in profanity. While some continued to support her, it became clear to many that she was in need of an intervention.
The singer told the audience that it took an ankle bracelet to stop her from drinking. Having lost her brother to gun violence along with the other weight she was trying to navigate while continuing to feed her family, it all just became too much and the singer turned to alcohol for support. Johnson said:
It took an ankle bracelet for me to stop drinking … December 7, that was the last time I had alcohol. It consumed every part of me. I didn’t realize I was drinking Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. I was drinking a lot.
I woke up, by the time I got up it was around 11-something in the morning and by that time I was drinking. I didn’t realize. It consumed my day. I didn’t have time to talk to God, I didn’t have time to be there for my kids like I needed to. All I know is that I had to go out and make ends meet to come back home and provide for my family.
Initially, like so many others who deal with addiction, Johnson was in denial. Friends and family tried to help, but she shut them down. It was not until she left a bar one night after drinking, got arrested and spent 30 days in jail that Johnson was forced to accept that she was no longer in control. Since that experience, she willfully exchanged alcohol for an ankle bracelet to assist with accountability.
Johnson did not hesitate to claim imperfection and said she is taking the necessary steps to overcome this and change. However, as in times past, the Christian community was quick to add insult to injury by criticizing her continued efforts of transparency. Today, the singer is sober and a better person and parent. The “Better Days” singer’s head is clear and she is no longer a ticking time bomb waiting to explode.
Life has not been easy for the 36-year-old singer. However, unlike many of her critics, Johnson has processed a lot of painful moments in the limelight. As she continues to overcome challenges while living a life of sobriety, better days are a true description of her future.
Born into a musical family, the “Bigger Than Me” vocalist began singing at age two in her father’s church. On June 20, 2010, Johnson received the crown and title of “Sunday Best.” Despite critics and challenges, Johnson continues to be a powerful voice in gospel music. She not only exchanged alcohol for an ankle bracelet, but also for a brighter future and successful career. Best wishes Le’Andria Johnson!!
By Cherese Jackson (Virginia)
Christian Post: Gospel star Le’Andria Johnson reveals ‘drinking problem’ that landed her in jail for 30 days
uGospel: Le’Andria Johnson Mourns the Loss of her Brother
All Images Courtesy of YouTube