"American Idol" favorites turned CCM mainstays, Mandisa and Danny Gokey are hitting the road together this fall. Announced live from Nashville this morning, the powerhouse vocalists revealed they are joining forces for the Rise Out Of The Dark Tour, featuring songs from their latest recordings. The tour will also feature special guests Love & The Outcome and Jasmine Murray (also a Season 8 Amerian Idol finalist). The fall tour is set to make stops in MO, TX, AR, MS, FL, LA, NC, VA, NY, PA, OK, CO, GA, TN, IN, IL, MI, KY, OH, VA and MD. Tickets are expected to go on sale next month.
Emerging from a three year battle with depression, Mandisa’s first new album in four years, Out Of The Dark, is out now. Kirk Franklin, TobyMac, Britt Nicole and Jeremy Camp appear on the 18 track LP with critics noting it’s “vibrancy” and “intimacy.” Gokey's latest album, RISE, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums Chart, #9 on the Top Current Albums Chart and #32 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart following its release in January 2017. Drawing from his own experiences with grief and adversity, RISE offers a powerful message of hope and triumph.
With more than 1 million records sold, GRAMMY winner and American Idol Season 5 finalist Mandisa is a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life’s challenges all around the world. In less than a year, Mandisa performed her three hit singles "Overcomer," "Good Morning," and "Stronger" on the highest rated morning show, ABC’s Good Morning America (GMA.) Her album, Overcomer, released August 27, 2013 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian Albums Chart, with the album’s title track proving to be a smash at radio. Mandisa was awarded a GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for her best-selling and critically acclaimed project Overcomer. Additionally, “Overcomer’s” songwriters (David Garcia, Ben Glover & Christopher Stevens) won the GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Christian Music Song.
BMG recording artist Danny Gokey became a favorite of millions of fans as a Top 3 finalist on Season 8 of American Idol, which propelled his career and earned him three chart-topping albums (My Best Days, Hope In Front of Me and Christmas Is Here) and a Barnes & Noble Top 5 autobiography (Hope In Front of Me). Gokey’s quick rise to success also helped provide a platform for him to launch Sophia’s Heart, an organization founded to carry on the legacy of giving started by his late wife, who passed away during a routine heart surgery in 2008. Now remarried, Gokey and his wife Leyicet have a beautiful son and daughter, Daniel Emanuel and Victoria Isabella.