Amy Grant Pays Tribute To Mandisa After Her Unexpected Passing

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In the wake of Mandisa Lynn Hundley’s sudden and unexpected passing last week, the music world mourns the loss of a beloved talent.

Known for her powerful voice and uplifting spirit, she competed alongside notable performers like Kellie Pickler, Katherine McPhee, Chris Daughtry, and the season winner, Taylor Hicks, during the fifth season of American Idol. Despite finishing in ninth place, Mandisa’s career skyrocketed as she found success in the realm of Christian music.

Her debut full-length album, “True Beauty,” marked a significant milestone in her career. Not only did it showcase her exceptional talent, but it also made history by becoming the first album released by a new female artist to top the Top Christian Albums charts.

Mandisa went on to win the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album award for her album “Overcomer” at the 56th Grammy Awards in 2014.

Tragically, Mandisa was found dead at the age of 47 in her home on April 18th, shocking many who admired her.

Fellow Christian artist and friend Amy Grant took to Instagram to share her memories of Mandisa, describing her smile as “like turning on sunshine.”

“She lit up every room she walked into and every stage she graced,” Grant wrote. “We are all going to miss her light and that beautiful smile.”

“And while we grieve, I can only imagine the Welcome Home she received,” she added.


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The cause of Mandisa’s death remains undisclosed, and officials from the Franklin Police Department have initiated an investigation into the circumstances surrounding her passing, as reported by the Tennessean. A representative for the singer released a statement on Friday morning confirming her passing.

“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. We ask for your prayers for her family and close knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time.”