Mandisa Lynn Hundley (born October 2, 1976),known professionally as Mandisa, is an American gospel and contemporary Christian recording artist. Her career began in the fifth season of American Idol, in which she finished in ninth place. She is the fifth American Idol alumnus to win a Grammy Award when her album Overcomer won the Best Contemporary Christian Music Album in 2014.
Mandisa Hundley was born and raised in Citrus Heights, California.After graduating from El Camino Fundamental High School, she attended American River College in Sacramento where she studied Vocal Jazz.Then she studied at Fisk University in Tennessee and graduated with a bachelor’s of music degree with a concentration in vocal performance.
Mandisa auditioned for the United States talent competition show American Idol in Chicago. She referred to herself as “just Mandisa,” thus was billed simply as Mandisa on the show. She stated that her musical influences run the gamut from Whitney Houston to Def Leppard.