American Idol alumna and Grammy-winning singer Mandisa passed away at the age of 47.

Tennessee's Nashville Mandisa, a Grammy-winning contemporary Christian singer who debuted on "American Idol" in 2013 and won an album for "Overcomer," has passed away. Her age was 47.

Apr 20, 2024 - 01:51
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American Idol alumna and Grammy-winning singer Mandisa passed away at the age of 47.
Mandisa accepts the award for pop/contemporary album of the year at the Dove Awards in 2014 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Associated Press was informed by the singer's representative that the singer was discovered deceased in her Nashville, Tennessee, home on Thursday. The spokesman stated that Mandisa's death's cause was still unknown.

Mandisa Lynn Hundley, whose full name was Mandisa Lynn, was raised singing in churches after being born close to Sacramento, California. After placing ninth on "American Idol" in 2006, she became well-known.


Upon her departure, host Ryan Seacrest complimented the singer, calling her "a great spirit on the show."

Mandisa moved on, releasing "True Beauty," her debut album, in 2007. The album was nominated for a Grammy in 2007 for best pop and contemporary gospel album.

She continued, putting out five more albums, one of which was a Christmas album.

Her fifth album, "Overcomer," earned her a Grammy in 2014 for best contemporary Christian music album.


Mandisa has been transparent about her battles with depression. She published a memoir in 2022 titled "Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God's Joy" that included details about her experiences with severe depression, struggles with weight, the coronavirus pandemic, and her faith.

The singer was honored on social media on Friday by the Christian radio network K-Love, which stated: "Mandisa struggled, and she was vulnerable enough to share that with us, which helped us talk about our own struggles."

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