Free At Last: Le’Andria Johnson & Brian Courtney Wilson Released By Mathew Knowles
It’s been a long time coming and AlwaysAList.com has reported several stories about their challenged relationship with Mathew Knowles’, but gospel singers Le’Andria Johnson and Brian Courtney Wilson have both been released from their contracts with the troubled label Music World Gospel.
Season three “Sunday Best” winner Johnson has been vocal several times via social media about her frustration with Music World and her desires to get off the label. Behind the scenes, the 31-year-old vocalist’s relationship with Knowles had become very tumultuous.
Despite winning a Grammy Award for her 2011 single ‘Jesus,’ Johnson hasn’t had a single to make great impact at Gospel Radio. Knowles’ released three albums and one EP on Johnson in a year’s span between 2011 and 2012, because despite not having a radio presence Johnson sold lots of CDs after her electrifying concert dates.
Last week, it was revealed that Johnson was granted a release by Music World and had secured a new recording contract with RCA Inspiration.
Wilson released his debut “Just Love” in 2009. The CD was a top-seller for Music World and spawned several hit singles at Gospel Radio. It was so successful that a deluxe edition was reissued a year later.
Unfortunately, Wilson’s sophomore album, “So Proud” went virtually unnoticed and never had a song make impact at radio. He went on to record a CD and toured with Fred Hammond & United Tenors, a quartet that also featured Dave Hollister and Eric Roberson.
The Chicago-bred vocalist expressed desires to leave Music World after his contract expired last year. Knowles in turn filed a lawsuit against the singer allegedly as a preventative measure to attempt to keep him on his roster and complicate his ability to negotiate with other recording companies.
On Monday, it was revealed that Wilson was granted his release and has joined the roster at Motown Gospel.
Chris Brown of Brown & Rosen, LLC helped facilitate both artists being able to get their release from Music World Gospel.
Oddly, Knowles released statements for both artists wishing them well, sharing sentiments that read like a parent sending their child off to college.
No word on if the remaining artists on the roster Amber Bullock, Joshua Rogers, Alexis Spight and Andrea Helms will be seeking to leave the label as well.
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