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MANDISA TAKES PART IN HISTORIC OPENING OF WALT DISNEY WORLD’S THE AMERICAN IDOL EXPERIENCE

Mandisa Preps for March 24 Release of "Freedom"




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NEWS SOURCE: The M Collective
February 19, 2009

Nashville, Tenn. Feb. 19, 2009… Joining forces with a prestigious group of 24 other American Idol alums, the largest gathering of past Idol contestants to date, Mandisa took part in the grand opening of Walt Disney World’s newest attraction, The American Idol Experience.

The American Idol alum from season 5 greeted fans and spoke with OK! Magazine, US Weekly, TV Guide, Access Hollywood, Extra, E!, Seventeen Magazine, USA Today and others on the Disney blue carpet. Also among the festivities was an American Idol parade and the debut show of The American Idol Experience.

Other attendees included Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, David Cook, Justin Guarini, David Archuleta, Brooke White, Melinda Doolittle, Ace Young, Bucky Covington, Josh Gracin, Chris Sligh, Diana DeGarmo and many more.

Designed to reflect the best and brightest elements of the TV show, Disney Imagineers and American Idol have partnered to re-create the American Idol television stage at Walt Disney World in Florida. The show at Walt Disney World is an exciting and fun-filled experience where guests who have completed an audition process perform live-on-stage and the guests in the audience vote, resulting in one guest every day who wins a "Dream Ticket" - which is redeemable to bypass the lines at any American Idol audition and proceed directly to the producers. It is quite an experience! For more information on this attraction, go to http://www.wdwnews.com.

In addition to the Disney experience, the GRAMMY ® nominated Mandisa performed as part of Disney’s annual Dreamers Academy on Friday, February 13th, where she performed for the 100 Dreamers selected by radio host Steve Harvey and his panel of judges. The dreamers were nominated and endorsed by friends, parents, guardians, church members, people who can recognize extra special qualities and the power to dream when they see it.

Mandisa is speaking truth and encouragement to women worldwide about the freedom she has experienced through her faith and incredible 70+lb weight loss in her upcoming sophomore release, Freedom, bowing on March 24th. Freedom is the follow-up to Mandisa’s 2007 debut, True Beauty, an album that created history by becoming the highest chart entry and the best-selling debut artist in the life of her label, Sparrow Records. It also became the only female debut to hit No. 1 in the 27-year history of Billboard’s Christian Retail Chart, received a GRAMMY® nomination for “Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album, and her debut single “Only the World,” hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot Single Sales chart.



From the first season of American Idol, Justin Guarini interviewing
Mandisa about her new project Freedom for TV Guide Channel.



Mandisa with season 5 winner and friend Taylor Hicks before the parade.

For more information on Mandisa, visit the JFH Artists Database.

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