April 19, 2024

Christian Singer and American Idol Alum Mandisa Passed Away at 47.

Grammy-winning singer Mandisa, who rose to fame on season five of “American Idol,” passed away on Thursday, April 18.

The news was confirmed early Friday morning on the Grammy winner's official Facebook page. 

"We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased. At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time."

She was a member of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and former American Idol contestant. Popular hits include Overcomer, Good Morning, Stronger, and My Deliverer.

 A post on the artist's Facebook page said early Friday: “Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. She wrote this song for a dear friend who had passed in 2017.”

“Her own words say it best. I’m already home / You’ve got to lay it down / ‘cause Jesus holds me now— / And I am not alone.”

The singer, whose full name is Mandisa Lynn Hundley, shot to stardom after placing ninth on “American Idol.” She went on to win a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2014 for her album “Overcomer.”

Originally from Sacramento, California, Mandisa grew up singing in church and studied vocal performance at American River College, and continued her studies at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, according to her record label artist bio. After college, she worked as a session and backup vocalists for artists including Shania Twain and Trisha Yearwood before going on "American Idol."