Keep Moving – CBS Baltimore
BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Gospel singer Le’Andria Johnson sings about the blessings of life and tries to reach people who don’t know how to digest their emotions in the face of life’s difficulties.
She spoke to WJZ’s Ava-Joye Burnett about her music and ministry. WJZ is the official TV partner of AFRAM, which started at Druid Hill Park.
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The two-day festival celebrating African-American culture coincides with Juneteenth, the commemoration of the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans in 1865 that officially became a federal holiday last year.
The Better Days song is self-explanatory, Johnson told Burnett.
“Better days are coming and I’m grateful to be able to share this across the world,” she said. As for Deliver Me, the song is “a personal cry,” she said.
“You have people dealing with a lot of things that don’t know how to express that,” Johnson said. “They don’t know who to go to or who to talk to, but that song is there. . . . A lot of things we get into—WE get into—so we have to deal with the aftermath. But if we start to recognize that it’s us and no one else, it makes the song even sweeter.
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Johnson touched the hand of some of his fans. She said it was to let them know she appreciates them and is human too.
“I’m flesh and blood like them and I’m going to show you how flesh and blood I am,” she said. “I’m going to go out there and relate to people. I will touch your hand. I will hold you. I’ll give you a hug. Hey, here we are. We are all here together. We are the church.
Johnson was emotional during her performance. She said that during times of great struggle, she remembers what her grandmother used to say: keep moving forward.
Johnson described how she used to watch her grandmother keep her cool and make it look like there was nothing wrong.
“That energy was, you know, instilled in me,” she said. “I was able to convey that to the crowd. The crowd gave me their energy and I was there. Everything was great. It got me moving because I wanted to stop crying. I’m not going to lie.
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