Mandisa’s exciting new book, Out of the Dark: My Journey Through The Shadows To Find God’s Joy, is out worldwide today. She is a GRAMMY®, Dove Award, and two-time K-LOVE Fan Award winner. Mandisa will share her personal memoir for the first time on television tomorrow, March 16, on “Good Morning America,” followed by an afternoon interview on GMA3. With more coverage expected this week and beyond, PEOPLE.com has published an exclusive sample from the book, and Mandisa is featured on the cover of Homelife magazine in April.
Many people have praised it as “beautiful,” “encouraging,” “insightful,” “raw,” and “vulnerable,” among other things. Out of the Dark takes its title from her fifth studio album, which includes the singles “Unfinished” and “Bleed The Same,” and delves into the singer’s battle with melancholy and anxiety. Mandisa fell into a deep depression after losing a close friend to cancer—a friend for whom she wrote her GRAMMY® award-winning song “Overcomer”—isolating herself from family and friends and turning to her old friend, food, for comfort.
Mandisa speaks up about her mental health challenges, grief, and the role guilt has played in her story in Out of the Dark, with the same warmth and sensitivity she emits in her songs. Her redemption tale, she believes, can supply a piece of restorative healing in someone else’s journey through her personal experiences. Her first book, Idoleyes: My New Perspective on Faith, Fat, and Fame, was written immediately after her experience on “American Idol” and focused on her weight, food addiction, and body image issues.
Mandisa will release a new song, “Out of the Dark (Petey Martin Remix),” on Friday, March 18. “Out of the Dark (Petey Martin Remix)” is the first track from the upcoming Overcomer: The Remixes EP, which will be released on April 29.
With more than 1.6 million records sold, over 820 million global career streams, one platinum and two gold certified singles, GRAMMY® winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. In less than a year, Mandisa performed her three RIAA Certified Gold hit singles “Overcomer,” “Good Morning (feat. TobyMac)” and “Stronger” on ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA). “Stronger” became an anthem, creating opportunities such as welcoming the emotional return of beloved morning host Robin Roberts and an invitation to perform the national anthem during a Sunday night NFL Network game to kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Her 2013 GRAMMY® award-winning album Overcomer debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart. The album’s title track proved to be a smash at radio and earned the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song. Mandisa, also a 2-time K-LOVE Fan Awards co-host, debuted her latest chart-topping album Out Of The Dark alongside sharing the moving story of her fight with depression for the very first time on GMA as well. The 15 track collection includes notables such as the top 5 hits “Unfinished” and “Bleed The Same (feat. TobyMac, Kirk Franklin).” Mandisa’s second book, Out of the Dark: My Journey Through The Shadows To Find God’s Joy is available now, and a brand new EP Overcomer: The Remixes, is due April 29, 2022. Now an advocate for mental health because of what she’s personally experienced, Mandisa also explores the often taboo topic and how to navigate it from a Christian perspective with licensed therapist Laura Williams on AccessMore’s “Out of the Dark” podcast