Mandisa At Grand Ole Opry
Born and raised in Citrus Heights, California, Mandisa Lynn Hundley is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist, known professionally as Mandisa. Her career began in the fifth season of American Idol, in which she finished in ninth place.
Mandisa auditioned the talent competition show American Idol in Chicago and was accepted into the competition. Near the beginning of the season, she had a disagreement with judge Simon Cowell, who made several comments about her weight, which drew attention from the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance and would be one of the reasons Mandisa would entitle her 2007 album True Beauty. Later in the season, Mandisa graciously forgave Cowell, and he in turn apologized.
In March 2006, Mandisa was one of twelve contestants chosen as a finalist for the season, but she was eliminated in the Top 9. Afterward, Mandisa performed the song “I Don’t Hurt Anymore” on the talk show Live with Regis and Kelly and collaborated with tobyMac and Kirk Franklin on tobyMac’s album Portable Sounds.
Since then, Mandisa has released several full-length albums and EPs, including True Beauty in 2007, Christmas Joy EP in 2007, It’s Christmas in 2008, Freedom in 2009, What If We Were Real in 2011, and Overcomer in 2013.