True Beauty (album)

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True Beauty
Studio album by Mandisa
Released July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)
Recorded 2006-2007
Genre Gospel, CCM, R&B
Label Sparrow
Producer Jamie Moore
Mandisa chronology
True Beauty
(2007)
It's Christmas
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B- link
Jesus Freak Hideout 3.5/5 stars link
People Magazine 3/4 stars
USA Today 3/4 stars link
Us Magazine 2.5/4 starslink

True Beauty is the Grammy-nominated and debut studio album by American Idol contestant Mandisa. The first single, "Only the World", was released on May 22, 2007, and the full album was released on July 31, 2007. The album covers a remake of gospel duo Mary Mary's hit song "Shackles (Praise You)" (which Mandisa covered on American Idol in the top 11).

The album debuted at number one on the Christian albums chart and number 43 on the Billboard 200 with over 17,000 copies sold in its first week. It broke the Billboard chart record for a female debut in Christian music and is the largest female debut in the history of her label (EMI/Sparrow Records). True Beauty has sold over 219,000 copies as of December 2010.[1] The album spent over a year on Billboard's Christian Albums and Christian and Gospel Albums charts.

Subsequent singles included "God Speaking" and "Voice of a Savior", released to Christian radio in October 2007 and April 2008, respectively.

Awards and nominations[edit]

True Beauty received a Grammy Award nomination in December 2007 for Best Pop/Contemporary Gospel Album.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Only the World"   Sam Mizell, Matthew West Shaun Shankel 3:23
2. "True Beauty"   Mandisa, Cindy Morgan, Drew Ramsey Drew & Shannon 3:23
3. "God Speaking"   Ronnie Freeman Brown Bannister 4:55
4. "Voice of a Savior"   Mizell, West Doubledutch 4:47
5. "Love Somebody" (featuring tobyMac & Diverse City) Cary Barlowe, Mandisa, Toby McKeehan, Jamie Moore, Aaron Rice Doubledutch 3:48
6. "Unrestrained"   Calvin Nowell, Tony Sutherland Brown Bannister 4:31
7. "Shackles (Praise You)"   Warryn Campbell Christopher Stevens 3:29
8. "(Never Gonna) Steal My Joy"   Mizell, West Doubledutch 3:14
9. "Oh, My Lord" (featuring The Fisk Jubilee Singers) Justin York Drew & Shannon 3:17
10. "Only You"   Mandisa, Shaun Shankel Shaun Shankel 3:26
11. "He Will Come"   Morgan Brown Bannister 7:14
Total length:
45:27

Singles[edit]

  • "Only the World"
  • "God Speaking"
  • "Voice of a Savior"

Charts[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Sales
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 43 219,000[1]
U.S. Billboard Top Christian Albums[2] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Catalog Albums[3] 29

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