Dad of Divas' Reviews: Mandisa releases new album "What if We Were Real"

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Mandisa releases new album "What if We Were Real"

About the CD
GRAMMY® nominee and American Idol Alum Mandisa has reached her goal of shedding an incredible 100 pounds, and five years to the day she left American Idol, April 5th, will unveil her third recording,  What If We Were Real.

The news of Mandisa’s weight loss arrived this week as her first single, “Stronger,” was released to digital retailers. To purchase the single, visit Inspired by the belief that surviving hardship makes us more resilient, the tune sums up the past year of Mandisa’s life.

 "I can't think of a better time to have finally lost 100lbs," Mandisa remarked this week. "How appropriate that on the day my single "Stronger" is released, proclaiming that God is able to take us through the difficult times and bring us out stronger, He gives me a physical manifestation of that truth!"

With a goal of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Mandisa hired her own trainer and worked diligently to keep a very healthy diet to drop the pounds, learning how to cook and get creative on the road, where healthy meals aren't always easy to come by.

Immediately after weighing in, Mandisa went to her 23,000 plus Twitter followers to share the news. Her update caused such commotion on Twitter that the GRAMMY ® nominee was a trending topic in Nashville as The View’s Sherri Shepherd and others took to their Twitter accounts to send their congratulations. The support and feedback from Mandisa’s Twitter following was also among the inspiration for her new album, What If We Were Real. Recalling a moment where she bared her soul on Twitter, Mandisa said, “I had gained weight and was so frustrated at that moment that I said so on Twitter. I said, ‘I’m fed-up and over it.’ I was feeling embarrassed and ashamed. I realized that I had only talked about how great things were. I never let people in when they were not. It was then that I decided I’d talk about the bad things too—that I’d be real.”

Marked by its honesty and authenticity, What If We Were Real is a welcomed addition in the line up from Mandisa whose previous studio albums have conquered exploration of inner grace and personal emancipation. The 11 songs of joy, struggle, worship and redemption encourage shining the light on who we really are, including both the good and the bad. What If We Were Real was produced from a trio of talent including Chris Stevens (Carrie Underwood), Dan Muckala (Amy Grant) and Chance Scoggins (Natalie Grant).

My Take on the CD
This CD just jumps out of the radio from start to finish. With an amazing, powerful voice Mandisa is a testament to living the life that we all want to spiritually. I was also very impressed by the lyrics and the story behind the CD and how hard she worked to get this CD off and into our hands. She is a great role model for young girls to look up to!

With songs like "Stronger" and " The Truth About Me" Mandisa bears her soul to the listener and allows you to understand that even in the toughest times God is still there supporting us!

"Good Morning" is one of my favorite songs. I have enjoyed Toby Mac in the past and this duet was perfectly matched.

Overall, this is a great new album, but more than that, it is a great addition to Christian Contemporary Music today. The messages shared in this album are so important for all to hear! Go and check it out today!

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