Mandisa, Grammy-winning Christian Singer And “American Idol” Star, Passes Away At 47

Christian singer Mandisa, who won a Grammy and debuted on “American Idol,” was discovered dead in her Nashville home on Thursday. Her age was 47.

The gospel and contemporary Christian vocalist was also honored by the Christian radio network K-Love. The singer, whose real name is Mandisa Lynn Hundley, tried out for Season 5 of “American Idol” in 2005 and quickly rose to the top of the program when it debuted the following year.

She made it to the top nine competitors before losing. She performed singles such as “I’m Every Woman,” “I Don’t Hurt Anymore,” “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing,” “Any Man of Mine,” “Shackles (Praise You),” and many more during her run on the show.

Following her success on “American Idol,” Mandisa released her debut album, “True Beauty,” in 2007. It made its debut at No. 43 on the Billboard 200 and at the top of Billboard’s Christian album chart—a first for a female performer. “Only the World,” her album’s lead track, peaked at No. 2 on the hot singles list before rising to No. 1 in its second week.

“It’s Christmas” (2008), “Freedom” (2009), “What if We Were Real” (2011), “Overcomer” (2013), “Out of the Dark” (2017), and a greatest hits album in 2020 were among her other releases. She was nominated for Grammys in two categories: contemporary Christian music album (What if We Were Real) and best pop/contemporary gospel album (True Beauty and Freedom).

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