Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa first won national attention in 2006 as a Top 12 finalist on American Idol.
∙ A few months before releasing her own album, Mandisa sang alongside Kirk Franklin on the No. 2 hit “Lose My Soul,” from TobyMac’s 2007 album, Portable Sounds.
∙ Her 2007 Grammy-nominated LP, True Beauty, entered Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart at No. 1, setting a record for the highest first-week ranking by a female artist’s debut.
∙ As a rising star, Mandisa was invited to duet with CCM legend Michael W. Smith on the seasonal hit “Christmas Day,” from his 2007 holiday LP, It’s a Wonderful Christmas.
∙ Between 2008 and 2010, Mandisa was nominated for three consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year Dove Awards.
∙ At the 2014 Grammys, her gospel-pop LP Overcomer won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album, and its title track was nominated for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.
∙ After a brief hiatus, she returned to the spotlight with 2017’s Out of the Dark and its Top 10 lead single, “Unfinished.”
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