The African American Student Association of Northwest Florida State College will host a benefit gospel concert, “An Evening with Le’Andria Johnson,” featuring Grammy award-winning gospel artist, Le’Andria Johnson at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at the college’s Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

Proceeds from the concert will benefit the NWFSC Pacesetter Scholarship Program. Additional performers for the event will include Believer’s Life Center Dance Ministry of Pensacola and Spirit and Truth Ensemble of Love & Faith Community Church of Tallahassee.

Tickets are on sale at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center box office for $25. VIP seating is available for $75 and includes a meet-and-greet with Le’Andria Johnson after the concert. Contact the box office to purchase VIP tickets. There is a $2 per ticket box office processing fee.

Purchase tickets online at or by phone or in-person from the box office at 850- 729-6000. Box office hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday. Doors will open the night of the event at 6 p.m. for any available at-the-door tickets.

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Music World Gospel recording artist Le’Andria Johnson has taken the gospel music scene by storm since being crowned the season three winner of BET’s Sunday Best in 2010. Her debut CD, “The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson,” entered at No. 1 on multiple music charts, including both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts.

The CD also debuted at No. 1 on the Christian Music Trade Association’s Current Gospel Overall chart. It spent eight weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart, and remains in the Top 5 for over 15 weeks.

Johnson received her first Grammy nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music performance for her debut single, “Jesus.”

The concert benefits the NWFSC Pacesetter Scholar Program that was established in 1995 by Bill Hall as part of the college’s scholarship plan to assist African American male students to attend NWFSC.

The selected students not only receive tuition assistance but have additional requirements that include successful completion of the college’s Service Learning Seminar and 20 hours of community service mentoring in the local school district.

The students must also maintain a minimum grade point average and complete 24 semester hours during the academic year. The two-year experience as a Pacesetter is focused on giving each scholar a well-rounded educational experience that goes beyond the classroom.

For more information on the Pacesetter Scholarship or sponsorship opportunities for the LeAndria Johnson concert, contact Sam Hill at or 850- 729-5348.

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