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Mandisa, Grammy-winning ‘American Idol’ singer, passes away at 47

Mandisa dies at 47

Grammy laureate and “American Idol” alumna, Mandisa Lynn Hundley, known to the world as Mandisa, has tragically passed away at the age of 47. 

The news was confirmed by her representative on Friday, who revealed that the singer was found deceased in her Nashville residence. 

The cause of death remains unknown at this time.

Mandisa, a beacon of hope and truth, used her music to inspire and uplift those grappling with life’s adversities. 

Her Facebook page shared a poignant message she had written for a departed friend in 2017, “I’m already home / You’ve got to lay it down / ‘cause Jesus holds me now— / And I am not alone.”

The Sacramento native, who placed ninth on the fifth season of “American Idol,” was celebrated for her musical contributions, particularly in the realm of Contemporary Christian Music. 

Mandisa Journey to Music

Her 2014 album “Overcomer” earned her a Grammy. Mandisa’s journey in music began in church, leading her to study vocal performance at American River College and Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. 

She lent her voice as a session and backup vocalist for artists like Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood before her “American Idol” breakthrough.

In a 2017 interview with “Good Morning America,” Mandisa opened up about her battle with depression following the loss of her close friend, Lakisha Mitchell, to breast cancer. 

She candidly spoke about her struggle with emotional eating and isolation, which led her to gain back the 120 pounds she had lost, plus an additional 75. 

However, with the intervention of friends, she sought help and managed to overcome her darkest days.

Mandisa’s discography boasts six studio albums, with “Out of the Dark” being her last release in 2017. 

As news of her passing spread, tributes from fans and fellow artists began to pour in. 

K-LOVE’s Chief Media Officer, David Pierce, remembered Mandisa for her “epic kindness,” “electric smile,” and “massive voice,” but noted that these were no match for the size of her heart.

“Good Morning America” host Robin Roberts expressed her sorrow, recalling how Mandisa’s music and spirit uplifted her during her medical leave. 

Singer Matthew West, who collaborated with Mandisa on the 2007 duet “Christmas Makes Me Cry,” mourned the loss of his friend, cherishing the memories they made together.


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