Mandisa, Grammy-winning singer and 'American Idol' alum, dies at 47Ti

Mandisa, singer

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Mandisa, a contemporary Christian singer who appeared on "American Idol" and won a Grammy for her 2013 album 'Overcomer', has died. She was 47. 

Nashville, Tennessee, 

A representative for the singer told The Associated Press that the singer was found dead in her home in Nashville, Tennessee, on Thursday. The representative said the cause of Mandisa's death was not yet known.

Mandisa, full name  

Mandisa, whose full name was Mandisa Lynn Hundley, was born near Sacramento, California, and grew up singing in church. She gained stardom after finishing ninth on "American Idol" in 2006.

"True Beauty" 

Mandisa moved on, releasing her debut album in 2007 called "True Beauty," which received a Grammy nomination that year for best pop and contemporary gospel album.

Christmas album  

She went on to release five more albums, including a Christmas album. In 2014, she won a Grammy for best contemporary Christian music album for "Overcomer," her fifth album.

Struggles with depression   

SMandisa spoke openly about her struggles with depression, releasing a memoir entitled "Out of the Dark: My Journey Through the Shadows to Find God's Joy" in 2022 that detailed her experiences with severe depression, weight-related challenges, the coronavirus pandemic and her faith.

Network K-Love paid 

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

Social media post 

The news was confirmed in a social media post on her official accounts. The statement read, “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.

Facing life’s challenges 

Mandisa was a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world.”