Which Former American Idol Contestant is Going Country?

2006 American Idol contestant Mandisa has her sights set on country music. The gospel singer, whose 2007 debut single “Only The World,” debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot Singles Chart.

Country isn’t too much of a stretch for the powerhouse vocalist, who sang backup vocals for Trisha Yearwood and Shania Twain before her audition for Idol. The two-time Grammy nominee lives in Nashville, and wants to work with another Idol alumi from her season: Kellie Pickler.

“I always tell Kellie I would love to do a song with her. I think we need to do a duet somehow. I would love for that to happen.”

In an interview with CMT, Mandisa shared her love for country music. Her previous four albums were gospel-pop, but now she’s ready to challenge herself with a completely different genre altogether.

“I’m a fan of country music, which was new to me because I didn’t think that I ever would be. Let’s be honest, I’m a black girl. So you don’t see that a lot.”

Mandisa released her fourth studio album “What If We Were Real” earlier this year. Her current single, “Stronger,” was a number one for the ex-Californian.

What do you think about Mandisa trying her hand at country music? Do you think it will work?

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A 26 year-old Canadian girl currently living in England for a culinary career. Fell in love with country music and cooking at a young age, and looks for a way to do both.