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Out of the Dark (2017)

Updated: Apr 27


Out of the Dark is the sixth and final studio album by Christian singer Mandisa. It was released on May 16, 2017 by Sparrow Records and Capitol Christian Music Group. Mandisa worked with various producers on this album including her long-time producer Christopher Stevens, David Garcia, Seth Mosley and Ben Glover among others.


Out of the Dark is Mandisa's first new studio album in four years following the release of her 2013 Grammy Award winning album and best seller Overcomer. During her absence, she had lost a close friend to breast cancer in 2014, plus gaining back much of the weight that Mandisa lost. She also experienced depression, anxiety and thoughts of suicide. The loss of her friend, accompanied by a personal sense of betrayal by God, led her to retreat from the public.


Mandisa returned to the public eye and made an appearance on Good Morning America in late April 2017 talking to Robin Roberts about her experiences of depression and the loss of her friend. Those experiences led to promoting her new album Out of the Dark with a renewed sense of faith and creative purpose. The lead single "Unfinished" climbed to the Top 10 on the Billboard Christian music charts. The album features collaborations with frequent collaborators tobyMac and Kirk Franklin ("Bleed the Same"), Christian recording artist Britt Nicole ("What You're Worth") and Christian rock singer -songwriter Jeremy Camp ("My First Love"). Mandisa's final music video was made for the further single "Bleed the Same."


Out of the Dark topped the Top Christian Albums and peaked at number 60 on the Billboard 200 Albums charts. In the fall of 2018, the album was nominated for a Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year and the single "Unfinished" was nominated for Song of the Year. A deluxe edition of Out of the Dark was later released featuring three bonus tracks.


Track listing on the Deluxe Edition


1. Voicemail (intro) -1:36

2. I'm Still Here (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Matthew West, Andrew Pruis) -3:39

3. Out of the Dark (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Christopher Stevens, Bryan Fowler)

-3:00

4. Unfinished (Ben Glover, Colby Wedgeworth) -3:32

5. Bleed the Same (intro with Kirk Franklin) -0:48

6. Bleed the Same (featuring tobyMac and Kirk Franklin) (Mandisa Lynn

Hundley, Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens) -4:04

7. Comeback Kid (Christopher Stevens, David Garcia, Ben Glover) -3:05

8. What You're Worth (featuring Britt Nicole) (Mandisa Lynn Hundley,

Cindy Morgan, Jose Reyes) -3:04

9. Dear John Praise Report (interlude) -0:25

10. Good News (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Matthew West, Andrew Pruis) -2:50

11. Prove Me Wrong (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Cindy Morgan) -4:07

12. MothDisa (interlude) -1:26

13. The One He Speaks Through (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Ben Glover, Colby

Wedgeworth) -3:46

14. Shine (Bryan Fowler, Jonathan Smith) -3:26

15. My First Love (featuring Jeremy Camp) (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Jeremy

Camp, Seth Mosley) -3:40

16. Shame Off (Mandisa Lynn Hundley, Ben Glover, Jeff Pardo) -3:20

17. Keep Getting Up (Ronnie Freeman) -3:42

18. Back to Life (James Galbraith, Krissy Nordhoff, MIchael Farren) -5:23


Production credits


Christopher Stevens -producer (tracks 1 -3, 5 -7, 9 -12, 14 and 17)

David Garcia -producer (tracks 2, 7, 8, 13 and 16)

Bryan Fowler -producer (tracks 3, 6, 10, 11, 14 and 17)

Colby Wedgeworth -producer (tracks 4, 8 and 13)

Seth Mosley and Michael "X" O'Conner -producers (tracks 15 and 18)

Sean Cook -producer (track 16)

Ben Glover -producer (track 4)


Radio singles

2017 "Unfinished" -#8 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #4 Billboard Christian

Airplay, #4 Billboard Christian AC Airplay

2017 "I'm Still Here" -#39 Billboard Hot Christian Songs

2017 -2018 "Bleed the Same" featuring tobyMac and Kirk Franlin -#10 Billboard

Hot Christian Songs, #9 Billboard Christian Airplay, #10 Billboard Christian AC

Airplay

2018 "Good News" -#19 Billboard Hot Christian Songs, #15 Billboard Airplay, #15

Billboard Christian AC Airplay


Watch the music video of "Bleed the Same" here:


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