Mandisa, “Stronger”

Contemporary Christian superstar Mandisa is releasing Stronger, the first single off her third studio CD, What If We Were Real, which drops all across the USA on April 5, 2011. Stronger will be released to Christian AC radio this Friday, January 7, although some street date violations have resulted in Stronger now showing up on Radio and Records’ airplay chart. (Jeff Cruz of ZRadio in Florida tweeted that they’re already spinning Stronger. (I can’t tell you how excited I am; I haven’t even heard Stronger‘s lyrics, yet, but you can be sure the lyrics will be encouraging! She’s so good at that!)

As more Christian radio stations pick up Mandisa’s single, I’m confident it’ll skyrocket up the charts. Both carrier singles of her two previous CDs (Only The World off True Beauty, and My Deliverer off Freedom) were top 10 hits, so I trust Mandisa’s Stronger will keep that sterling record going. I imagine iTunes availability should come within a couple of weeks. I’ll replace the Secret wallpaper with a Mandisa wallpaper as soon as new promotional photos are made available to the public.)

I don’t have a copy of Mandisa’s Stronger yet – I wanted to blast a frantic SMS to Sparrow’s marketing team (got the number from Mandisa herself), but it’s 9:40pm in the USA right now, and I don’t think they’d appreciate an international Christian music blogger sending them a text message that late at night – but rest assured that once I get a copy or it’s available for streaming on YouTube, that I will make it available. Mandisa’s What If We Were Real is bound to be a terrific CD, and I’m pretty confident that Stronger will be an amazing single. God has used Mandisa so powerfully since her debut in 2007, and I know we’re going to see even more amazing things from this phenomenal Christian singer. Go Mandisa! Go Stronger!

Update: I was able to use a radio stream of Stronger to get this low-fi version of Stronger, which I’m putting up here to meet the growing need of the Fandisas to hear Stronger. Once the track is available on YouTube, I’ll take this stream down. Please buy a copy of Stronger once the digital mp3 is available, okay? Go Mandisa!! We love you love you love you!!

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Update 2: KJIL is playing Stronger (there’s a poll! Vote!), as is ZRadio, 95.1 SHINE-FM in Baltimore (Woohoo!) and 99.1 Joy-FM in beautiful St. Louis! Are other Christian radio stations playing Stronger? Leave me a note in the Comments, please. :)

Update 3: Mandisa talks about Stronger in this video:

Mandisa Talks About “Stronger” from emicmg on Vimeo.

Update 4: A live version of Stronger!

Mandisa’s “STRONGER” Chart Progress on Billboard Hot Christian Songs Chart: Debut at #48 (January 22) – #24 (January 28, Greatest Gainer)

STRONGER Lyrics
Mandisa

Hey heard you were up all night
thinking about how your world ain’t right
and you’re wondering if things will never get better
And you’re asking
Why is it always raining on you
When all you want is just a little good news
Instead of being there stuck out in the weather

Don’t sink your head
It’s gonna end
God’s right there
Even if it’s hard to see Him
I promise You that He’s still there

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger
Stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
Things can only get better
Believe me this is gonna make you
Gonna make you stronger Oh-oh-oh
Stronger Oh-oh-oh
Stronger Oh-oh-oh

Believe me this is gonna make you

Try and do the best you can
Hold on and let me hold your hand
Go on and fall into the arms of Jesus
Oh
Lift your head
It’s gonna end
God’s right there
Even when you just can’t feel Him
I promise you that He still can

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger
Stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
Things can only get better
Believe me this is gonna make you stronger

‘Cuz if He’s strong in His Word
He’ll be faithful to complete it
He’s strong when you believe
He knows how much it hurts and
For sure he’s gonna help you get through this

Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh
Ooh
Oh

When the waves are taking you under
Hold on just a little bit longer
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger
Stronger
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
In time, it’s gonna get better
Believe me this is gonna make you
Gonna make you stronger
Hold on just a little bit longer
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
He knows that this is gonna make you stronger
Believe me, this is gonna make you stronger
Hold on just a little bit longer
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
In time, it’s gonna get better
Believe me Believe me
Hold on just a little bit longer
The pain ain’t gonna last forever
It’s only gonna make you stronger
Hey hey