Mandisa, ‘American Idol’ singer and Grammy winner, found dead in her home

Soulful gospel artist Mandisa, a Grammy-winning singer who competed on “American Idol” in 2006, has died, according to a statement on her verified social media. She was 47.

“We can confirm that Mandisa was found deceased in her home yesterday. At this time we do not know the cause of death or further details,” the message read. “We ask for your prayers for her family and close circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time. Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth. for people around the world facing life’s challenges.”

According to The Tennessean, Mandisa lived in Nashville. CNN has reached out to her representative for comment.

Born Mandisa Lynn Hundley in Citrus Heights, California, she started singing in church. Music became an integral part of her life.

She studied vocal jazz at American River College in Sacramento, California, before attending Fisk University in Nashville, where she was a member of the famed Fisk University Jubilee singers.

She auditioned for ‘American Idol’ in 2005 and eventually competed on the singing competition show’s fifth season, which aired in 2006.

Even among her fellow competitors, including Katherine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry and eventual season winner Taylor Hicks, Mandisa stood out for her powerful voice and radiant spirit.

Her elimination from the top 10 of the competition did not stop her from pursuing her professional dreams. Mandisa would release her debut album ‘True Beauty’ in 2007. It debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and earned Mandisa her first Grammy nominations.


Five more albums would follow: “It’s Christmas” in 2008; “Freedom” in 2009; “What If We Were Real” in 2011; “Overcomer” in 2013; and “Out of the Dark” in 2017.

‘Overcomer’ won her the 2014 Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album.

Along with the success, there were also some difficult times that tested her faith. According to Mandisa’s website: “After the prayers of a crowd failed to keep her dearest friend from succumbing to cancer, Mandisa withdrew, struggled with God and fell into a deep depression.”

“Honestly, this wasn’t how I thought things would happen. I was disappointed in God,” she said of her friend Kisha’s death. “I was angry because as I prayed for her, I believed God would heal her. I’m not the kind of person who shakes my fist. at the Lord and yelling and screaming, I just stopped and started turning to food for comfort again.

Mandisa documented her mental health struggles in her 2022 memoir, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy,” in hopes of helping others.

“I want to encourage those people who may have a loved one who may be in the middle of a mental health challenge,” she said in an interview shared on Instagram in 2022. replied that they did not hear them.”

Shrishti Negi

Shrishti Negi is a journalist with over eight years of experience in media

Location: Seattle, Washington State, USA

first print: Apr 20, 2024 05:06 IST