CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Mandisa, Grammy Award Winner and American Idol Star | Christian Music Artist (Oct. 2, 1976 – Apr. 18, 2024) [#Mandisa]

CHRISTIAN BREAKING NEWS: Mandisa, Grammy Award Winner and American Idol Star | Christian Music Artist (Oct. 2, 1976 – Apr. 18, 2024) [#Mandisa]

Mandisa Lynn Hundley (Mandisa), 47, a Grammy-winning Christian music artist, died on Thursday, Apr. 18, 2024, at her home in Nashville, TN.

The cause of death is not yet known.

Mandisa, who was born and raised in California, initially gained national attention when she stood up to “American Idol” judge Simon Cowell with kindness during Season 5 of the famed TV talent competition.

After finishing in the Top 10 on “Idol,” Mandisa released her debut album, “True Beauty,” in 2007.

While attending Fisk University in Nashville, she became a member of the prestigious Fisk Jubilee Singers, which launched her career.

After “Idol” presented her to the public, her charming demeanor and show-stopping voice rapidly won the hearts of fans and fellow musicians, with whom she cooperated over the years.

Her most prominent collaborations include songs with TobyMac, Matthew West, Michael W. Smith, Kirk Franklin, Jordan Feliz, and Jon Reddick.

During her nearly 2-decade career, the 2-time K-LOVE Fan Award winner released 5 full-length albums and 1 Christmas album.

The strong vocalist’s career-defining album, “Overcomer,” earned her numerous accolades, as well as critical acclaim and high-profile media coverage, including multiple appearances on “Good Morning America.”

In addition to songs of resilience like “Overcomer,” Mandisa became a Christian radio fixture with lively, faith-affirming tunes like “Stronger,” “Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)” and “My Deliverer.”

Even more than her songs, the Platinum-selling singer will be remembered for her big heart and compassion.

Her longtime friend, regular collaborator, and former tourmate TobyMac put it best when he wrote a recommendation for her most recent book.

“Since the first day I met Mandisa, she has been nothing but original and courageous,” he said.

“My touring family is better when she is out with us. She genuinely supports each artist that takes the stage, as well as every crew member behind the stage. In a single word, I would say without hesitation that she is one of the most authentic people I have ever met. Her heart is to help others.”

Mandisa’s final compilation of all-new musical material, “Out of the Dark,” was released in 2017.

She has since published a “greatest hits” compilation, a remix EP, and a number of one-time worship singles.

Mandisa’s battle with depression was documented in her personal biography, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy.”

On her “Out of the Dark” podcast with co-host Laura Williams on AccessMore, she talked about her hardships even more.

Mandisa was admired for her transparency both on and off the stage from the beginning of her “Idol” journey.

“Mandisa loved Jesus, and she used her unusually extensive platform to talk about Him at every turn. Her kindness was epic, her smile electric, her voice massive, but it was no match for the size of her heart,” says David Pierce, K-LOVE Chief Media Officer.

“Mandisa struggled, and she was vulnerable enough to share that with us, which helped us talk about our own struggles. Mandisa’s struggles are over. She is with the God she sang about now. While we are saddened, Mandisa is home. We’re praying for Mandisa’s family and friends and ask you to join us.”

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MANDISA Grammy Award Winner American Idol Star Christian Music Artist (Oct. 2, 1976 – Apr. 18, 2024) | Christian Breaking News!

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