Mandisa, “Good News”

Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa has released the latest single from her album, “Out of the Dark.” Titled “Good News,” the song was birthed from Mandisa’s experience of sharing with the world the acceptance of Jesus Christ by her brother John as the latter’s personal Lord and Saviour.

The joy experienced by Mandisa is captured well in this ebullient praise party jam, written by the singer with AJ Prius and Matthew West. One of the outstanding tracks off Mandisa’s latest release, “Good News” bodes well for another Top 10 hit for the former American Idol alum.


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Mandisa, “Back to You”

Contemporary Christian star Mandisa has released Back to You as the second single from her latest album, Overcomer. The title track spent ten weeks at number one, so Back to You has a lot to live up to. Its summery feel and irresistible bass line make it a prime candidate for Top 10 consideration, and AC seems to have warmed up enough to it.

If Back to You makes the Top 10, Mandisa will become the first female artist to ever score two consecutive Top 10 hits from two consecutive albums. (The album What If We Were Real earned Mandisa her first solo number one hit with Stronger; Waiting for Tomorrow peaked at number three.)

BACK TO YOU Lyrics
Mandisa

Back to you…

I could never say enough to thank You
For everything You’ve done for me
And I might think I could do enough to show You
But I know that’s just a crazy dream

This shouldn’t be complicated
This isn’t that hard to see
It’s not about what I do for You
It’s what You’ve done for me

You gave Your love, You gave Your life
You gave Your everything and I
Wanna give it all back
Give it all back to You
You took a heart so black and blue
And piece by piece You make it new
The only thing left, the only thing left to do
Is give it all back to You
Give it all back to You

I just want to be a life that You use
I want all of me to be all for You
And when I get it wrong You stick with me
Ain’t that the truth
It’s just what You do

This shouldn’t be complicated
This isn’t that hard to see
It’s not about what I do for You
It’s what You’ve done for me

You gave Your love, You gave Your life
You gave Your everything and I
Wanna give it all back
Give it all back to You
You took a heart so black and blue
And piece by piece You make it new
The only thing left, the only thing left to do
Is give it all back to You
Give it all back to You

I won’t forget what You did
How You died so I could live
I don’t deserve this kind of love
I’ll testify, testify how You gave Your life for mine
The only thing I know to do is give it all back to You

It’s not about what I do for You
It’s what You’ve done for me

You gave Your love, You gave Your life
You gave Your everything and I
Wanna give it all back
Give it all back to You
You took a heart so black and blue
And piece by piece You make it new
The only thing left, the only thing left to do
Is give it all back to You
Give it all back to You

Mandisa, “Overcomer”

Contemporary Christian superstar Mandisa is back! Overcomer, the carrier single of her new album coming out late August, has been released to Christian radio, and Overcomer is exploding in a big way! Mandisa’s Overcomer earns Greatest Gainer honors this week on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart, and is also the most increased and most added song on Christian AC according to Christian radio. With Overcomer‘s lyrics being extremely encouraging, and a catchy chorus, I think we can all safely assume Mandisa’s Overcomer will be her third number one hit on Billboard’s Christian Songs chart. GO MANDISA!

The incredible video for Overcomer was recently released, and features cancer survivor and television host Robin Roberts; fellow cancer survivor and Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton; US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot in the head in 2011 but has since made a remarkable recovery; and Biggest Loser runner-up Hannah Curlee. Check out the video below!

Chart history:
June 15 – Overcomer by Mandisa debuts at number 41.
June 22 – Mandisa’s Overcomer moves up, 41-37 in its second week.
June 29 – Overcomer by Mandisa rockets up 37-24 in its third week.
July 6 – Mandisa’s Overcomer rises 24-19 in its fourth week on the chart.
July 13 – Overcomer by Mandisa moves up 19-16 in its fifth week on the chart.
July 20 – Mandisa’s Overcomer rises 16-15 in its sixth week on the chart.
July 27 – Mandisa’s Overcomer stays stationary at number 15 in its seventh week on the chart.
August 3 – Overcomer by Mandisa rises 15-8 in its eighth week on the chart.
August 10 – Mandisa’s new single Overcomer remains stationary at number 8 in its ninth week on the chart.
August 17 – Mandisa’s Overcomer moves 8-6 in its tenth week on the chart.
August 24 – Overcomer by Mandisa is stationary at number six in its eleventh week on the chart.
August 31 – Mandisa’s Overcomer rises 6-5 in its twelfth week on the chart.
September 7 – Mandisa’s Overcomer skips 5-4 in its thirteen week on the chart.
September 14 – Overcomer by Mandisa spends a second week at 4 in its fourteenth week on the chart.
September 21 – Mandisa’s Overcomer inches up to 3 in its fifteenth week on the chart.
September 28 – NUMBER ONE! Overcomer tops the chart in its sixteenth week.
October 5 – NUMBER ONE for TWO WEEKS! Overcomer earns a second week at the summit.
October 12 – NUMBER ONE for THREE WEEKS! Overcomer makes it three in a row atop the chart.
October 19 – NUMBER ONE for a FULL MONTH! Overcomer tops the chart for four consecutive weeks.
October 26 – NUMBER ONE for FIVE WEEKS! Overcomer scores a fifth week on top of the chart.

Read Mandisa’s Overcomer lyrics after the jump.

OVERCOMER Lyrics
Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You

Publishing: © 2013 Ariose Music / 9T One Songs (ASCAP) / Meaux Mercy / Chriscendo Music (BMI) (Admin. at EMICMGPublishing.com) / Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing / D Soul Music (ASCAP)

Writer(s): David Garcia, Christopher Stevens, and Ben Glover

Ganns’ Year-end Top 10s for 2011

At some point in 2011, my Top 10 kinda went offline because my laptop crashed and took the Top 10 with it. After that, it was pretty much to my iTunes to determine what songs should go to #1. Having said all that, this is my personal Top 10 for the year 2011, divided into Christian and Secular (Top 40). Just sharing. (^^,)

CHRISTIAN TOP 10
1. Stronger. Mandisa
2. Good Morning. Mandisa
3. Suitcases. Dara MacLean
4. Make a Move. Royal Tailor
5. Hanging On. Britt Nicole
6. God Is Still God. Heather Williams
7. Hold Me Together. Royal Tailor
8. Hold Me. Jamie Grace feat TobyMac
9. Strong Enough. Matthew West
10. Blessings. Laura Story

No surprise here, Mandisa romps away with the Top two slots on the year-end Top 10, with Stronger edging out Good Morning. The real surprise is Royal Tailor, which has two songs in the final Top 10, a strong finish for both Make A Move and Hold Me Together. Overall, these songs cap what I felt was a weak year in Christian music, with no songs coming out that were particularly groundbreaking or attaching themselves to my brain in an emotional and spiritual way.

SECULAR TOP 10
1. Beautiful Target. B1A4
2. Pinocchio. f(x)
3. Love is Move. Secret
4. Sixth Sense. Brown-Eyed Girls
5. I Am The Best. 2NE1
6. You Know. Piggy Dolls
7. The Boys. Girls’ Generation
8. Don’t Go Home. GD & Top
9. Going Crazy. Song Jieun featuring Bang Yong Guk
10. Be My Baby. Wonder Girls

As you can see, every song on my 2011 secular chart Top 10 is a K-Pop song. That’s really quite impressive, considering I don’t understand a single word they’re saying. (That’s a joke. I have translations.) But yeah, it’s the dominant year of K-Pop on my personal chart, which tells me I really should start featuring more K-Pop on my website because it’s what I seem to be listening to a lot nowadays. Honorable mentions for the year, however, do go to five topnotch (English) songs that just didn’t have enough space on this chart’s Top 10: Adele’s brilliant Rolling in the Deep, David Cook’s woefully underappreciated The Last Goodbye, Beyonce’s amazing old-school throwback Love On Top, Fantasia’s delightful Collard Greens and Cornbread, and Maroon 5/Christina Aguilera’s Moves Like Jagger.

Mandisa, “Born For This”

Contemporary Christian star Mandisa has released Born For This, a song based on the story of Esther, now available on the 18-track CD The Story. Born For This is an encouraging, empowering track that channels the faith that the Biblical Queen Esther needed when she entered the courts of her husband King Ahasuerus unannounced, to lobby to save her people.

The production work on Born For This is absolutely stellar! It starts off with a solo cello before breaking into a mid-tempo hypnotic drumbeat with tinkling piano lines. Hand-claps soon come in for a few more seconds, but everything breaks down to a primal drumbeat for the pre-chorus. By the time Mandisa explodes into the powerful chorus, you can’t help but react to its irresistible singalong words and sing along. The piano, the string section, those persistent drums… throughout the entire song, you can sense the urgency, the passion, and the conviction in Born For This. One of the best tracks I’ve heard to date from Mandisa, and certainly evidence that the former American Idol is truly coming into her own as an artist. She truly was “born for this.”

BORN FOR THIS Lyrics
Mandisa

Feels like I’ve been holding my breath
Trying to still my restless heart
Everything hangs on my next step
Finding my nerve, playing my part

I found shelter underneath his crown
Found favor inside his eyes
Rock this boat and I just might drown
Honesty seems to come with a price

There’s a time to hold your tongue
Time to keep your head down
There’s a time but it’s not now

Sometimes you gotta go
Uninvited
Sometimes you gotta speak when you don’t have the floor
Sometimes you gotta move when everybody else says you should stay
No way
No, not today

You gotta ask if you want an answer
Sometimes you gotta stand apart from the crowd
Long before your heart could run the risk
You were born for this
You were born for this

I’m leaning on the ones before me
My father’s father’s dreams
I’m standing on the top of their shoulders calling the One delivering me

There’s a time to hold your tongue
Time to keep your head down
There’s a time but it’s not now

Sometimes you gotta go
Uninvited
Sometimes you gotta speak when you don’t have the floor
Sometimes you gotta move when everybody else says you should stay
No way
No, not today

You gotta ask if you want an answer
Sometimes you gotta stand apart from the crowd
Long before your heart could run the risk
You were born for this
You were born for this

One step
One move
Born to trust You
Made to lay my life before You

So you gotta go uninvited
Sometimes you gotta speak when you don’t have the floor
Sometimes you gotta move when everybody else says you should stay
No way
No, not today

You gotta ask if you want an answer
Sometimes you gotta stand apart from the crowd
Long before your heart could run the risk
You were born for this
You were born for this
You were born for this
You were born for this
You were born for this

Mandisa, “Waiting for Tomorrow”

Contemporary Christian superstar Mandisa has followed up her #1 hit Stronger with Waiting For Tomorrow, another standout pop-rock gem from her stellar third studio release, What If We Were Real. Written by, Waiting for Tomorrow keeps in line with many hits that sing of an awareness that we were created to be more than ordinary, that every day is an opportunity for us to take a step out in faith and be used by Jesus for something greater. The desire to do this, however, is fueled not by a need to prove anything, but rather out of the gratitude that Jesus Christ saved us from a life of everything ordinary. It is the gospel summed up, really, in Waiting For Tomorrow, a catchy, singalong single that I predict will nab Mandisa another Top 10 finish. (She has yet to score two Top 10 hits in a row from a studio album, not counting her Christmas CD, which contained the 1-2 chart toppers that were Christmas Day featuring Michael W. Smith and Christmas Makes Me Cry featuring Matthew West.)

WAITING FOR TOMORROW Lyrics
Mandisa

Maybe tomorrow we’ll start over
Maybe tomorrow I will finally change my ways
Said the same things yesterday
Don’t know why I’m so afraid
To let You in
To let You win
To let You have all of me

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause You’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better
Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

Maybe today I’ll start believing
That Your mercy is really as real as You say it is
It doesn’t matter who I used to be
It only matters that I’ve been set free
You rescued me
You’re changing me
Jesus take everything

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause You’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better
Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

Oh, I’m makin this my moment now
To grab the hand that’s reachin down to save me
You saved me
And I’m makin this my moment now
To grab the hand that’s reachin down to save me
Yeah You saved me

Can’t spend my whole life wastin’
Everything I know I’ve been given
‘Cause You’ve made for so much more than
Sittin’ on the side lines
I don’t wanna look back and wonder
If good enough could’ve been better
Everyday’s a day to start over
So, why am I waiting for tomorrow

I’m gonna grab the hand that’s reachin down
And I’m not gonna wait until tomorrow
Oh, tomorrow

Mandisa greets Ganns!

Sorry, friends, the fan boy in me has to gush! Check this out!!!!

p.s.
Someone says “Come here to Nashville!” Believe me, if I could, I would! I am gonna catch Mandisa in concert, mark my words. Someday, friends, someday.