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Kirk Frankin, Le’Andria Johnson, both winners at 2012 Grammy Awards

Congratulations is in order for gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin and former Sunday’s Best contestant, Le’Andria Johnson, who both walked away winners at last nights Grammy Awards.

Franklin won an award for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song for his latest project, Hello Fear, which feature the hit single “I Smile”.

LeAndria Johnson
Sunday’s Best season three winner, Le’Andria Johnson, took home her first Grammy award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance for her single “Jesus”.

Johnson’s debut CD, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including both 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.

Congratulations to them both, we wish them nothing but success.

Check out photos of some other of our favorite gospel artists hitting the red carpet at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Also read: 20 year old Christian singer Jamie Grace, battles Tourette’s syndrome, earns first Grammy nomination for ‘Hold Me’

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Gospel Duo, Mary Mary, shows up on the red carpet. Erica looks great, not even a month after giving birth to her baby girl!

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Jamie Grace

Christian singer, Jamie Grace, who received her first Grammy nomination made an appearance on the red carpet.

Kim Burrell

Kim Burrell, who the late Whitney Houston has many times named as her friend as well as favorite gospel singer.


Recap: Episode 8 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Back again..and we are now down to seven finalist..let’s go..

To begin, Chrisette Michelle was the guest artist for today. She sung “Stand”. Chrisette looks amazing and job she did on the song was just as awesome as she looke!!. The theme for tonight was “One Mic”, wherein they limited the musical instruments in an effort to focus on the vocals. Remember we are down to seven finalists so let’s not waste time!!

First up was Dathan Thigpen (You know the handsome brother with the dreadlocks). Tina felt that something about it didn’t quite connect for her. The other judges agreed. He didn’t do as well as I expected. I never really got into his performance and it is sad because his performance last week was great, so you know he is quite capable of doing better.
Next up, Tiffany Carlin-Laird, singing “Goin up Yonder” (one of my favorite songs), and she did a great job. Tina loved it. Yolanda said, “I know that Tremaine Hawkins would love to hear you sing that.” Donnie loved it as well. Without a doubt, we will be seeing her next week.

Durward Davis, was up next. He sung, Kirk Franklin’s “Lean on Me”. I love his range. He really changed the song up, even Kirk Franklin was in awe. Donnie said “What you did in a few minutes with that song was remarkable..” Tina, “That was utter complete shear perfection to me.”

Now, the wild card winner from last week, Martha Burries. It is something about her that I like. Since they decided to bring her back as a wild card pick. And both weeks she has gave stellar performances. So Kudos to the judges for that choice!! As far as her performance tonight, Yolanda said it best when she said, “I think your talent is tremendous”. Tina followed up with “You are probably the most skillful singer in the competition”. Enough said.

Up next…Brian Smith singing Katinas, “Lord I lift my Name on High”. Tina and Yolanda were generous, noting that they liked it. But Donnie felt that it didn’t quite connect for him. I think all 3 judges were right. Brian did a good job singing but I think he could have did more.

LeeAndria Johnson did her THING!! She sung, “Endow Me” by Coko. That girl can sing without a doubt. Yolanda said she is “One of the most phenomenal female voices of our time.” Wow!!

Saving the best for last, Goldwire McLendon, sung “How Great Thou Art”. And once again, he did what he do best. I am constantly amazed by the powerful voice of this man. We should all hope that we have the anointing and power that this man has at 79 years young!!

Now it’s time for elimination and to no surprise Brian Smith and Dathan were sent home. So now we are down to 5 finalists! Can’t wait until next week!!

Recap: Episode 7 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

Each singer got to sing their song of choice. Judging tonight was Donnie McClurkin, Yolanda Adams, and filling in for Tina, was Kim Burrell. Coming from New Orleans!

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Kim Burrell served as mentor. First up was Brian Smith. He sung “I won’t Complain”. I thought he had a good performance, I just wanted a bit more. I love the bow tie though. The judges liked him. Yolanda just want him to give a bit more before he get audience participation.

Orlando Wright, YES!! He sung, “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”. I thought he did a good job taking control of the song. I felt like I was at church. He was believable.

Next up, they chose a wildcard from the 10 contestants that were not chosen last week. And the winner was…..

Martha Burries. I am glad about that!! She sung..I am sorry but she SUNG “Changed”. GREAT WildCard pick!!! Donnie, “The anointing has filled the room”. She was grea

Franklin Davis IV. He sung Kirk Franklin’s, “Savior, More than Life to Me”. Kim and Yolanda felt like he was concentrating a bit too much. But all felt that his voice is beautiful.

Dathan Thigpen, with his handsome self was up next. He sung Donnie McClurkin’s, “Speak to My Heart” . Donnie, said he loved the presentation of it. Yolanda said, “Your phenomenal”. They loved him and I did to. We will be seeing him next week..No question!

Tawanna Tarvin singing my favorite song, “Now behold the lamb”. She did a good job as well. It was a bit more screaming then I would like. I agreed with Donnie totally, who thought that she lost herself in the middle of the song.

Durward Davis was up next. He has a very strong voice!! He got me out of my seat! The judges couldn’t help but love him, I know I did.

Next up, LeeAndria Johnson. Her song choice was testimony of her life. She sung, “He was there all the time!”. She changed the song up and did an awesome job.

Three more to go..let’s go.,

David Wilford, sung “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. It was really laid back. Donnie liked the smoothness, both him and Yolanda thought it was given just right. Kim Burrell felt that he made her want to sing, and she did (just a little bit though).

Tiffany Carlin-Laird, sung “I Need Thee Every Hour”. I loved it!!!!! All the judges loved her!! Kim Burrell said, she made the competition look good!!

Elder Goldwire McLendon, said he just wait for the Lord to work through him!! Say What!! I LOVE HIM!! I LOVE HIM!! He sung “Yes Jesus Loves Me”. He is without a doubt my favorite, I know I know I shouldn’t say it!! But I have to be honest! Donnie sung, just like last time, it is like Elder McClendon’s anointing touches him!! What can I say….He brings out the best in the judges!! Yolanda said, “All I see is a man full of the Holy Ghost!!”. Donnie started preaching again!! I love it!!

Unfortunately, not all made it..those who we will see next week are..

Martha Burries, Tiffany Carlin-Laird, Dathan Thigpen, Duward Davis, Brian Smith, Elder Goldwire McClendon, LeeAndria Johnson, are staying.

See you all back here next week!!

Recap: Episode 3 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3

The third episode of BET’s Sunday’s Best kicked off in the city of Brotherly Love, yes that’s right, PHILLYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!! The regular judges Donnie McClurkin and Tina Campbell were there. Kim Burrell was back sitting in for Erica Campbell, who is very much pregnant with a son and was not in attendance.

First off, did you see the guy with the dummy?..Major no no!! There were a lot of good singers overall. Many people forgot the words, which makes me feel bad because if given the chance, they may actually be really good singers..but it is a competition and if you can’t remember the words at this stage then it doesn’t make sense for you to move on to the actual show where you sing a different song every week!!

Bethany Divine did a good job. She sung “Soon I Will Be Done With The Troubles of This World”. I think it will be nice to see her again. I was highly surprised by the voice that came out of the woman from Bulgaria (Maria). She was really good!! Another good singer was the brother Davon. He sang Mary Mary’s Yesterday. The judges loved him!! So no surprise Donnie McClurkin told him to put on his Sunday’s Best!!! Singer Orlando Wright did a good job but that is no surprise given he has been in stage plays and sung background for some leading gospel artists. Then there was my favorite performance of the night, 10 year old Kimani. He sung “Blessed Assurance” and I was left in awe. Too bad he is too young for the competition but I have no doubt we will be seeing a lot of him. Finally, did you see Elder McClendon!! No really, did you see him!! I almost fell out of the chair when he said he was 79 years old. He looks GREAT for his age. He was truly awesome and I look forward to seeing him as well…Well see you next week for another update!

Recap: Episode 1 of BET’s Sunday’s Best Season 3

Sunday's Best Season 3
Season 3 of BET’s popular gospel music show, Sunday’s Best kicked off tonight. If you have tuned in to it before then you already know the wonderful Kirk Franklin is the host. This season started off with a twist, the cast was in looking for gospel talents in Nigeria. The judges were Donnie McClurkin, Kim Burrell, and Britain’s Nigerian born gospel singing sensation Muyiwa Olanrewaju. If you ask me, Muyiwa was a bit critical of all the contestants but it seems like he really wants Nigeria represented well.

Overall, none of the contestants really stood out to me, if I had to make a hard choice I would probably go with Ekeng Bassey. For the most part it was a bit hard to listen to. I mean they truly had some terrible singers. There were a few light moments, like the impersonation of Kirk Franklin. But you have to know that most of this is just for TV. All in all, seven West Africans were chosen: Priscella Bello, Funni Oduyemi (whom judge Kim Burrell battled in song to give her a glimpse of what competition would be like), Christiana, Japheth David, Morolake, Ekeng Bassey, and, last but not least, Abraham Balogun. Abraham drove 12 hours to get to Lagos and waited all day long to stand before the judges. He sung Amazing Grace and he was able to win over 2 of the 3 judges. Donnie McClurkin was initially on the fence but conceded, Kim Burrell was moved by his journey, but Muyiwa did not feel as though he was good enough for the competition.

In case you missed it, on Friday Tina Campbell (from Mary Mary) and Season Two Sunday’s Best winner Y’Anna Crawley did a powerhouse performance of Mary Mary’s single “Heaven”. Y’Anna also sung “Grandma’s Hand” and did a great job, making it crystal clear why she was the winner. Anyway looking forward to next week’s auditions. Be sure to check back for updates!! Here is a clip of Y’Anna singing “Grandma’s Hand” on Season 2 of Sunday’s Best!!