Grammy-Winning 'American Idol' Alumni Mandisa Passes Away at 47

Mandisa, one of the few "American Idol" contestants to secure a Grammy, has passed away.

Pop Culture & Art April 21, 2024

Mandisa's publicist has confirmed that the singer was discovered deceased in her home on Thursday.

"At this time, we do not know the cause of death or any further details," the publicist stated to BBC. "We ask for your prayers for her family and close-knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time."

Born Mandisa Lynn Hundley, the vocalist gained attention when she auditioned for Season 5 of "American Idol" in 2005, captivating audiences when the season aired the following year. 

Mandisa (pictured left) on the set of

Mandisa (pictured left) on the set of "American Idol" alongside the show's judge Simon Cowell (pictured right). (Image: Wire Image)

She progressed to the top nine contestants before her elimination.

Paula Abdul, a judge during Mandisa's "American Idol" season in 2006, described her as a "true beacon of light" in a statement to People magazine.

Following her breakthrough on "American Idol," Mandisa launched her debut album, "True Beauty," in 2007. The album made history by debuting at the top of Billboard’s Christian album chart for a female artist. 

Her lead single, "Only the World," debuted at No. 2 on the hot singles chart and claimed the No. 1 spot in its second week.

In 2014, Mandisa won a Grammy Award in the Best Contemporary Christian Music category for her album "Overcomer."

Mandisa stood as one of only five "American Idol" alumni to secure a Grammy, joining the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, and Tori Kelly.


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