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We want to give a BIG Birthday Shout-Out To Inspirational Singer Mandisa…..

Born and raised in Citrus Heights, California, Mandisa grew up singing in the church. After graduating from high school, she studied Vocal Jazz at American River College before heading east to Fisk University in Tennessee, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance.

She did session work as a backup singer for a wide variety of artists including Christian author and speaker Beth Moore, Sandi Patty, Shania Twain, Take 6 and Trisha Yearwood. The audition for American Idol’s fifth season in Chicago took her from being backup to up front.

Mandisa’s Idol days came to an end after she was eliminated on April 5, 2006, in the Top 9. After the Idol tour, she was signed by Sparrow Records in early 2007. Her book IdolEyes (with Angela Elwell Hunt) was published by Tyndale House in May 2007 and her debut CD, True Beauty released two months later

Check out the World Premier Video from Mandisa…It’s called “Overcomer”…The video was shown on Good Morning America and it featured Scott Hamilton & Robin Roberts…

courtesy of Morning America

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