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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
December 12, 2008

*Performing “Little Drummer Boy” from her new holiday offering, It's Christmas, MANDISA will appear on the new, and widely popular HUCKABEE show on the Fox News Channel this Saturday evening, December 13th, at 8pm ET. The show is averaging 6.3 million viewers each weekend.

**It's Christmas is Mandisa’s first, full-length Christmas project and features such Christmas classics as “It’s Christmas,” “Joy to the World,” and “Little Drummer Boy,” and with special duets with Michael W. Smith and Matthew West.

** In addition, Mandisa is currently in the studio finalizing Freedom, the follow –up to her GRAMMY and Dove-nominated CD, True Beauty. The project is being produced by Brown Bannister and Chris Stevens, and is scheduled to release in March 23, 2009.

*Hosted by Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, “Huckabee" is a talk show that covers a variety of topics from politics and religion to pop-culture. The show is taped in front of a live studio audience. The concept of the show is to have civil and thoughtful conversations with newsmakers, opinion leaders, and advocates with a focus on those whose views are often the polar opposite of his own. "Huckabee" injects humor into the program through his monologue and segments intended to reveal the absurdities in Congressional spending and the failure of government to address the true issues touching the lives of ordinary Americans. His approach to the interview is to "treat his guests as he would wish to be treated" and to engage in an in-depth discussion with his guests while showing the Host respect that a guest should be afforded.

After a highly successful label debut (one of Sparrow Records’ fastest-selling new artists ever) with “True Beauty,” and her first Christmas EP , American Idol’s own MANDISA received her first GRAMMY nomination and hit the road earlier this year on the Winter Jam tour, performing before over 300,000 people.

Following her no. 1 Single “Only the World” on Billboard’s Hot Single Sales chart, appearances on The Today Show, Live! With Regis & Kelly, The Tom Joyner Show, countless radio and retail visits, and ringing in the holiday Season for the New York Stock Exchange Christmas Tree lighting, vocal powerhouse Mandisa’s debut CD, “True Beauty,” entered at No. 1 on Soundscan’s Christian/Gospel and itunes Christian/Gospel charts, continuing to prove that you don’t have to win American Idol to be a winner. This Idol alum’s chart entry also marked the first debut album by a female solo artist to open at No. 1 since this chart converted to Nielsen SoundScan back in 1995, as well as making Mandisa the only female solo artist to land at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart with a debut album in the 27 years since Billboard began tracking Christian album sales in March 1980.

Mandisa shot to instant fame when millions of TV viewers across the nation were captivated by her winning smile and powerhouse vocals as she sang her way into the final rounds of “American Idol’s” fifth season. Showcasing Mandisa’s stylistic range was the task set before the five sets of producers who lined up to work with her on her debut, “True Beauty.” The end result is a seamless flow of tracks that create a diverse landscape for messages of hope, inspiration and faith.




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