Today is the release day for “True Beauty, ” Mandisa’s, (9th place Season 5), new album on Sparrow records, EMI’s Gospel imprint. Right now, the single from the album “Only the World” sits at #3 on the Hot Singles Sales chart and at #6 and #8 respectively on the Hot Christian Adult Contemporary chart and Hot Christian songs chart.
Mandisa has also released a book, “IdolEyes”. More information about her book and new album can be found on her MySpace.
Here’s an interesting piece of news from Entertainment Weekly, Season 6 Top 24 contestants Sabrina Sloan and Sundance Head, both signed to Universal, will be recording an album of duets together.
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American Idol‘s Sabrina Sloan has signed a recording contract with Universal Motown, and her first project will be a CD of duets with fellow season 6 semifinalist Sundance Head, the singer confirmed in an exclusive interview with EW.com. ”The feel will be soulful songs with a contemporary twist ‘ kind of Al Green meets OutKast, ” said Sloan, noting that she and Head will hit the studio in August, with the hopes of making a late November release date.Jolene Cherry, senior VP of A&R at Universal Motown, said the album will be produced by Peter Collins (Bon Jovi, Rush) and include a mix of new and classic material.
And despite some initial reservations about the duets concept, Sloan said she hopes the combined power of hers and Head’s fan bases will help them get noticed in a music scene increasingly crowded with Idol alumni.