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Mandisa Sings for Grand Ole Opry 'Opry Goes Pink,' in Support of Breast Cancer Month

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    Gospel singer Mandisa at the 44th Dove Awards
By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
October 24, 2013|9:26 am

Mandisa made her Grand Ole Opry debut last night at the first annual "Opry Goes Pink," an event to bring awareness to Breast Cancer and show support for Women Rock For The Cure.

LeAnn Rimes turned the switch on for the Opry's signature barn backdrop, turning it pink for the night as Mandisa performed with other artists, Amy Grant, Pam Tillis, Lorrie Morgan and Natalie Grant.

Mandisa will have her song "Overcomer" used as the title song for a new series hosted by Robin Roberts called "Overcomers."

In the series, Roberts will ask viewers to share their personal stories and then have a chance to share that story to the world on Good Morning America.

Mandisa also won the Uplift Someone Award at the GMA Dove Awards this week. The award is "for her music, message and humanitarian heart, all of which (individually and collectively) have inspired others."

The singer was also on KATIE this past Monday, in a pre-recorded interview and spot for the show.

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Mandisa recently performed the National Anthem in honor of Breast Cancer Month for an NFL game that featured the 49ers and Texans on the NFL Network.

While Mandisa was singing, survivors of Breast Cancer joined her on stage.

The NFL and NFL Players Association are supporting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with their fifth annual screening initiative, "A Crucial Catch: Annual Screening Saves Lives," and a fundraising campaign. The initiative reminds women 40 and older about the importance of having an annual mammogram.

In a recent interview, gospel singer Mandisa admitted she draws strength from her own music while on tour.

"I'm fighting every day -- it's not just for a final destination," Mandisa said to MLive.com, regarding her life and the encouragement of her song, "Overcomer."

In the interview the singer reveals one of her biggest struggles is with weight. She has lost 100 pounds since 2006.

"It's an every-day, one-decision, one-temptation at a time battle I'm choosing to fight," she said in the interview.
A particular stinging comment from Simon Cowell when Mandisa was "American Idol" about her weight put the issue in front of a national audience.

She is currently on the "Brandisa Tour," a play of her name and fellow tour mate, Brandon Heath.

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