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, “Bleed the Same” (Gawvi Remix)

“Bleed the Same,” the new single from Contemporary Christian singer Mandisa featuring Contemporary Christian rapper tobyMac, has been remixed by Reach Records’ master DJ, Gawvi, into a scorching dancefloor anthem! Written by Chris Stevens, Mandisa Hundley, Bryan Fowler, and tobyMac, “Bleed the Same” stands to be Mandisa’s second Top 10 hit from her new album, “Out of the Dark.”

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BLEED THE SAME Lyrics

We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided

Woke up today
Another headline
Another innocent life is taken
In the name of hatred

So hard to take (hey!)
And if we think that it’s all good
Then we’re mistaken
‘Cause my heart is breaking (tell it, ‘Dis)

Are you left? Are you right?
Pointing fingers, taking sides
When are we gonna realize?

We all bleed the same
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided
If we’re gonna fight
Let’s fight for each other
If we’re gonna shout
Let love be the cry
We all bleed the same
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided

Tell me, who are we
To judge someone
By the kind of clothes they’re wearing
Or the color of their skin?
Are you black? (black)
Are you white? (white)
Aren’t we all the same inside? (the same inside)
Father, open our eyes to see!

We all bleed the same (we all bleed the same)
We’re more beautiful when we come together
We all bleed the same (we all bleed the same)
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided
If we’re gonna fight
Let’s fight for each other (fight for each other!)
If we’re gonna shout
Let love be the cry (be the cry!)
We all bleed the same (we all bleed the same)
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided

Only love can drive out all the darkness
What are we fighting for?
We were made to carry one another
We were made for more, said
Only love can drive out all the darkness
What are we fighting for? yeah
We were made to carry one another
We were made for more!

We all bleed the same (we all bleed the same)
We’re more beautiful when we come together (let’s stand united!)
We all bleed the same (we all bleed the same)
So tell me why, tell me why
We’re divided
If we’re gonna fight
Let’s fight for each other (fight for each other!)
If we’re gonna shout
Let love be the cry (be the cry!)
We all bleed the same(we all bleed the same) (bleed the same)
Let’s stand united (let’s stand united)
Let’s stand united!

So Father God, I pray
That our families will come together right now
And seek Your face
You will forgive our sins
And You will heal our incredible land
In the name of the only Savior, Jesus Christ
Amen

Billboard Hot Christian Songs – June 20, 2015

These are the Top 10 songs on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs chart, as of June 20, 2015. Contemporary Christian pop/rock group Needtobreathe extends its run at No.1 to three weeks with Brother, even has Hillsong UNITED’s Oceans drops to No.3 for the first time in more than four months. Meanwhile, Francesca Battistelli rises a notch to No.2 with Holy Spirit, making her the first solo female artist to peak that high since Mandisa’s Overcomer ruled the Christian Songs chart for a tenth week in November 2015. Even though Lauren Daigle is currently out of the top 10, she still lingers near enough to re-enter, as does former Group 1 Crew vocalist Blanca Callahan, whose first solo single, Who I Am, inches closer to the Top 10, reaching a new peak of 14.

This Week (Last week) “Title,” Artist
1. (1) Brother, Needtobreathe featuring Gavin De Graw
2. (3) Holy Spirit, Francesca Battistelli
3. (2) Oceans (Where Feet May Fail), Hillsong UNITED
4. (4) Soul on Fire, Third Day
5. (6) Shoulders, for King and Country
6. (5) Touch the Sky, Hillsong UNITED
7. (7) Drops in the Ocean, Hawk Nelson
8. (8) Something in the Water, Carrie Underwood
9. (9) Flawless, MercyMe
10. (10) Because He Lives (Amen), Matt Maher

The top 25 are here in this Spotify playlist! Come and subscribe to it!

Mandisa, “Press On”

Contemporary Christian star Mandisa has released Press On as the third single off her Grammy Award-winning album, Overcomer. Typically, third singles are rare now in the Contemporary Christian genre, owing to higher promotional costs and whatnot, but the folks at Sparrow feel that there is still value in releasing Press On to radio, and I’m so glad they took the risk.

Press On is one of the best tracks on Overcomer, and for good reason. The album’s melody is instantly singable, after all, and the song’s encouraging message will speak to thousands, just like its predecessor, the album’s title track. There is an incredible remix available on the album’s Deluxe version (as well as Mandisa’s follow-up release, Get Up: The Remixes). While follow-up single Back to You was no slouch–a number 12 finish is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of–there were still many great potential singles off Overcomer, and Press On is right there on top. I feel both the original and the remix have solid radio airplay power, and hopefully, Mandisa will be able to score herself yet another top 10.

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

Billboard Top Christian Songs – May 31, 2014

So Hillsong United earns yet another week at number one with Oceans (Where Feel May Fail), taking its record-breaking run to 26 weeks. The next likely challenger is Chris Tomlin’s Waterfall, which rockets up 30-8 on the strength of the availability of an iTunes digital download. Meanwhile, go Matthew West! (Do Something is up 7-6 this week.)

Also, Mandisa is inching closer to the Top 10 with Back to You, her follow-up to her #1 hit, Overcomer. If Back to You makes the Top 10, she will be the first female artist in Billboard Christian Songs history to score two straight Top 10 hits from two consecutive albums (Stronger and Waiting for Tomorrow were both Top 10 hits from her previous release, What If We Were Real. And I’m still sore that Good Morning failed to make the Top 10. Go figure.)

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Billboard Top Christian Songs – April 5, 2014

It looks like nothing is stopping Hillsong United.

The Australian praise and worship outfit’s smash hit, Oceans (When Feet May Fail), has earned its 18th week at number one, tying it with Chris Tomlin’s Made to Worship for the third-longest run at #1 on Billboard Christian Songs chart. If it is number one next week – a very real possibility because the song is racking up significant airplay – then it will tie Brandon Heath’s Give Me Your Eyes and Casting Crowns’ East to West for second-longest run at 19 weeks.

Suddenly, MercyMe’s all-time record of 23 weeks for Word of God Speak doesn’t seem so unbreakable. It’s just another month. And with only Newsboys’ We Believe looming over the ocean horizon – a phenomenal 10-4 jump, but it’s still a big distance between We Believe and Oceans – it looks like the record may very well be broken. Wow!

All this makes my heart ache for Phil Wickham, who deserves to go to #1 with the effervescent This is Amazing Grace. (We haven’t had a grace-related #1 song in a while. Redman’s 10,000 Reasons, perhaps?) What a shame!

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