Grammy nominee and former American Idol contestant Mandisa has two things to celebrate - reaching her goal of shedding 100 pounds and the forthcoming release of her third recording, "What If We Were Real."
The news of Mandisa's weight loss arrived this week as her first single, "Stronger," was released to digital retailers.
Inspired by the belief that surviving hardship makes us more resilient, the tune sums up the past year of Mandisa's life.
"I can't think of a better time to have finally lost 100lbs," said Mandisa. "How appropriate that on the day my single 'Stronger' is released, proclaiming that God is able to take us through the difficult times and bring us out stronger, He gives me a physical manifestation of that truth!"
Mandisa hired her own trainer and worked hard on keeping a healthy diet to help shed the pounds. She also learned how to cook and get creative on the road, where healthy meals aren't always easy to come by.
Immediately after weighing in, Mandisa went to her 23,000 plus Twitter followers to share the news. Her update caused such a commotion on Twitter that she was a trending topic in Nashville as The View's Sherri Shepherd, Bart Millard of MercyMe, Natalie Grant and Mark Hall of Casting Crowns took to their Twitter accounts to send their congratulations.
The support and feedback from Mandisa's Twitter following was also among the inspiration for her new album, "What If We Were Real."
Recalling a moment where she bared her soul on Twitter, Mandisa said, "I had gained weight and was so frustrated at that moment that I said so on Twitter. I said, 'I'm fed-up and over it.' I was feeling embarrassed and ashamed. I realized that I had only talked about how great things were. I never let people in when they were not. It was then that I decided to talk about the bad things too-that I'd be real."
"What If We Were Real" aims for honesty and authenticity and the 11 songs of joy, struggle, worship and redemption encourage shining the light on who we really are, including both the good and the bad.
"What If We Were Real" was produced from a trio of talent including Chris Stevens (Carrie Underwood, TobyMac), Dan Muckala (Amy Grant, Brandon Heath) and Chance Scoggins (Natalie Grant).
Two-time Grammy nominee Mandisa's discography includes True Beauty, It's Christmas, Freedom and now What If We Were Real on Sparrow Records.