Mandisa is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Born and raised in California, Mandisa attended American River College where she studied Vocal Jazz. She continued her studies at Fisk University in Tennessee where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music with a concentration in vocal performance.
In 2006, Mandisa tried out for the fifth season of American Idol. She was eliminated in April when she was in the top nine. This inspired her album “True Beauty” that was released in 2007. She has a total of six albums released including two different Christmas albums that were released in 2007 and 2008.