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Mandisa Diane Hundley, artistically known as ‘Mandisa’ (born October 1, 1976) is an American-Grammy award nominated singer who rose to fame as one of the favourites in the fifth (2006) season of American Idol. Despite finishing as the overall ninth place finalist, Mandisa has gone on to become one of the most successful idol contestants of all time. Mandisa has gone on to release four studio albums, “True Beauty” (2007) “Freedom” (2009) “What If We Were Real” (2011) and “Overcomer” (2013) She’s also released two holiday EPs “It’s Christmas” (2008) and “It’s Christmas - Angel Edition” (2012) Mandisa’s music ventures a blend between Christian music, soul, pop and R&B.

Mandisa grew up in Citrus Heights, California (Sacramento County) and graduated from El Camino Fundamental High School. She then attended American River College in Sacramento where she studied Vocal Jazz. Then she was off to Fisk University in Tennessee and graduated with a bachelor’s of music degree with a concentration in vocal performance. Mandisa currently resides in the suburban Nashville community of Antioch, Tennessee. When she auditioned for American Idol in Chicago, she asked the judges to call her “just Mandisa”, and she has been billed as Mandisa (with no last name) on the show since the shows Hollywood round. Mandisa was a backup singer for famed Christian author and speaker Beth Moore. She has stated her musical influences run the gamut from Whitney Houston to Def Leppard.

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