Thu. May 23rd, 2024

By Sola Ojewusi

Mandisa, the Grammy Award-winning gospel artist known for her uplifting music and powerful voice, has passed away at the age of 47. Her death was confirmed through a statement on her verified social media accounts.

The statement revealed that Mandisa was found deceased in her Nashville home yesterday. The cause of her death is currently unknown. “We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time,” the statement requested, describing Mandisa as a “voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world.”

Born Mandisa Lynn Hundley in Citrus Heights, California, she began her musical journey singing in church before studying vocal jazz at American River College and later attending Fisk University in Nashville. There, she joined the esteemed Fisk University Jubilee Singers.

Mandisa gained national attention as a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol” in 2006. Despite being eliminated from the top 10, she pursued a successful music career, releasing her debut album “True Beauty” in 2007, which topped Billboard’s Top Christian Albums chart and earned her Grammy nominations.

Her 2013 album, “Overcomer,” won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album. Mandisa released a total of six albums, her latest being “Out of the Dark” in 2017, which reflected her personal struggles with depression following the death of a close friend.

Mandisa also shared her journey with mental health in her 2022 memoir, “Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God’s Joy,” aiming to support others facing similar battles.

The music industry mourns the loss of a beloved artist whose voice and spirit brought hope to many. Further details about her passing and arrangements for her memorial will be provided as they become available.

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