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What If We Were Real [edit]
by Mandisa | Genre: Pop/Rock | Release Date: April 05, 2011
 

Mandisa continues to be a voice of encouragement and truth to women facing life’s challenges. She returns with her new album What If We Were Real on April 5th. Featuring the new single “Stronger”, the album’s theme centers around the masks that each of us wear every day. Mandisa shares that her new record is “all about taking the masks off, and really letting the world see that we as Christians, It doesn’t mean we don’t go through difficult times, doesn’t mean that things are always great in our lives. It simply means we have a relationship with the Savior who is able to bring us joy and peace in the middle of our difficult times.”

Selling over 380,000 albums, Mandisa’s music and message continues to connect with fans. Her debut album True Beauty was the best-selling new artist album of 2007, and her second album Freedom received a Grammy nomination. With widespread media coverage including The Today Show, LIVE! With Regis and Kelly, E!, Extra, Entertainment Tonight, US Magazine, People Magazine and CNN, this American Idol alum proved she had more than just talent – but something important to say.


Track Listing
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01. Stronger
02. What If We Were Real
03. These Days
04. Truth About Me
05. Say Goodbye
06. Good Morning
07. Waiting For Tomorrow
08. Just Cry
09. Temporary Fills
10. Free
11. Lifeline

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Mandisa [What If We Were Real] | Posted April 01, 2011
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Mandisa continues to be a voice of encouragement and truth to women facing life’s challenges. She returns with her new album What If We Were Real on April 5th. Featuring the new single “Stronger,” the album’s theme centers around the masks that each of us wear every day. Mandisa shares that her new record is “all about taking the masks off, and really letting the world see that we as Christians, It doesn’t mean we don’t go through difficult times, doesn’t mean that things are always great in our lives. It simply means we have a relationship with the Savior who is able to bring us joy and peace in the middle of our difficult times.”  I’ve been married for 16 years and have 3 young daughters and this entire album really ministers to me and my family. The opening songs, “Stronger” and “What If We Were Real” are very upbeat and catchy songs and Mandisa is a surefire GMA Dove Award nominee for female vocalist. I can’t get enough of the worshipful chorus of “Stronger,” “When the waves are taking you under, Hold on just a little bit longer, He knows that this is gonna make you stronger, stronger, The pain ain't gonna last forever, And things can only get better.”  “The Truth About Me” and “Say Goodbye” are both very vulnerable songs about accepting God’s grace and forgiveness in the face of self-doubt.

Perhaps the stand-out moment of this very solid album happens next with the ultra-catchy song, “Good Morning,” which features TobyMac. This is a surefire hit song in any music format. I don’t listen to much R&B-style music, as I’m more of a rock, contemporary and worship music listener, however the beats on this album are so engaging, this album is already in heavy rotation for me. “Good Morning” is so hook-filled and fun, I could literally daily listen to the fun chorus, “It’s a good morning, wake up to a brand new day…You give me the strength that’s just what I need, I can feel the hope that’s rising up in me.” The end of the song is just brilliant with Toby singing, “top of the morning to you, ‘disa” over the top of Mandisa’s hooky chorus. If you’re looking for a new faith-based work-out song, look no further than this gem.
 
“Waiting For Tomorrow” is another fun and worshipful song, with Mandisa belting out, “thank You Jesus…I can’t live my whole life wasting the grace that You’ve given, everyday’s a day to start over, why am I waiting for tomorrow?” “Temporary Fills” is another highlight with the dance rock beat, and the inspiring chorus, “No more temporary fills, I want a love that’s real, take everything I have and fill me up inside, I’m done looking for the quick fix, Jesus You are all I need.” That theme continues with the gorgeous closing song, “Lifeline.” The album ends like it starts with another personal declaration and prayer, “You are my lifeline, You are my rescue, The strength in my weakness, the light in my darkness, You are my safety, lifter of my head…You are my lifeline.”
 
CLOSING THOUGHTS
Mandisa is a great role model for girls struggling with identity issues and has a great platform from her success on American Idol and GRAMMY and GMA Dove Award nominations. This album is loaded with positive grace-filled messages of hope from someone who has struggled with the pressures of life and understands that true happiness only comes from her relationship with God. Don’t miss out on one of the most upbeat and fun albums of the year. You’ll won’t be able to help but dance and sing along with the stand-out songs, “Stronger,” “The Truth About Me,” “Waiting For Tomorrow,” “Temporary Fills” and the ultra-catchy, “Good Morning,” which features TobyMac.
 
Rating: 9.2 out of 10 (92%, A)
 
Review written by: Kevin Davis | Review can also be found here: http://www.christianmusicreview.org/mandisa_whatifwewerereal.html
This review has been reprinted on NRT with permission from ChristianMusicReview.org.


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Amazing | Posted April 08, 2011
Mandisa has outdone herself in my opinion with this. The song Good Morning featuring Toby Mac is an upbeat exhilliarating tune by far as are numerous others. Well worth adding to anyones collection. I have listened to it at least 50 times over since I go it and still enjoying.


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What If We Were Real | Posted April 05, 2011
Wow....What an inspiring album! Absolutely Loving this Album Preview! Love the song Stronger! On our own we cant do anything But with God we can do All things through Christ Who Strengthens Us! No matter what Trials we may face, God is on our side and we come out of those trials Stronger than we did before ! That's Good News! Its Time to Believe that God is who He Says He Is! He is All that we Need! He has such Great Plans for our lives! Just Believe It!  

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What if We Were Real | Posted April 05, 2011

Mandisa has done it again in her "What If" questions - and answers.  What an encouraging and uplifting CD! I love how she continues to point to the Savior in all her songs!
Loved the suprise of Toby Mac on "Good Morning"!
It will be difficult to decide which song gets released as a single next.  Lifeline?  Awesome!
 



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Stronger | Posted April 05, 2011
 I just listened to stronger and it was absolutely amazing. It helped to know that Mandisa also had a testimony concerning that song and I was blessed by reading all of the positive comments it got back on youtube. Amazing song and I'm sure it's an amazing album. I can't wait to listen to more. 

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