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What If We Were Real

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All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Spurred by a dramatic weight loss, Mandisa brims with confidence and a newfound security in herself on What If We Were Real. The album -- released five years to the day since her exit from American Idol -- showcases the gospel singer 100 pounds lighter but without any loss of her trademark voice. Not only does this disc remind listeners that she has the chops, it also proves she has staying power. The physical transformation corresponds to the album's theme of keeping it real and showing one's true self. Mandisa has never sounded more authentic than when singing that she is "tired of saying what I'm supposed to say." Where she might have powered her way to making such a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jared Johnson
Spurred by a dramatic weight loss, Mandisa brims with confidence and a newfound security in herself on What If We Were Real. The album -- released five years to the day since her exit from American Idol -- showcases the gospel singer 100 pounds lighter but without any loss of her trademark voice. Not only does this disc remind listeners that she has the chops, it also proves she has staying power. The physical transformation corresponds to the album's theme of keeping it real and showing one's true self. Mandisa has never sounded more authentic than when singing that she is "tired of saying what I'm supposed to say." Where she might have powered her way to making such a point on previous albums, this time around she shows restraint and lets the songs do the talking. What If We Were Real features an upbeat urban pop mix of Natasha Bedingfield, Jordin Sparks, and Leona Lewis. It's a step apart from her Idol identity, but if this is the Mandisa she truly wants listeners to know, it seems to work rather well. She may have shown her inner diva as a reality TV contestant, but this resilient vocalist has done a true makeover to become a contemporary gospel star whose time in the spotlight has only begun.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2011
  • Label: Sparrow
  • EAN: 5099996786321
  • Catalog Number: 67863
  • Sales rank: 5,204

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stronger (3:33)
  2. 2 What If We Were Real (3:19)
  3. 3 These Days (3:18)
  4. 4 The Truth About Me (3:32)
  5. 5 Say Goodbye (3:12)
  6. 6 Good Morning (3:24)
  7. 7 Waiting For Tomorrow (3:17)
  8. 8 Just Cry (4:36)
  9. 9 Temporary Fills (2:44)
  10. 10 Free (4:09)
  11. 11 Lifeline (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mandisa Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Chance Scoggins Piano
Matt Butler Cello
David Garcia Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Jovaun Woods Background Vocals
Ron Robinson Guitar
Tony Lucido Bass
Claire Indie Cello
Bernard Harris Bass
Missi Hale Background Vocals
Tommy Platt Guitar
James Holloway Drums
Garth Justice Drums
Tommy Lee Bass
Zach Casebolt Cello
Adam Lester Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Christopher Stevens Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Justin Ostrander Guitar
Blanca Callahan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Cindy Morgan Composer
Chris Gehringer Mastering
Toby McKeehan Composer
Chance Scoggins Producer
Dan Muckala Arranger, Programming, Producer
Jan Cook Art Direction
David Garcia Composer, Programming, Producer
Aaron Rice Composer
Jamie Moore Composer
Ronnie Freeman Composer
Chris Bevins Programming
Ricky Free Composer
Lauren Evans Composer
Ben Glover Composer
Cary Barlowe Composer
Tony Wood Composer
Jeff Pardo Composer
Mandisa Composer
Michael Fordinal Composer
Jason Barton Composer
Sam Mizell Composer
Kerrie Roberts Composer
Craig Swift Programming
Simon Hawkins Composer
Robin Ghosh Composer
Christopher Stevens Composer, Programming, Producer
Billy Whittington Engineer
Brian White Composer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    EXTREMELY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

    If you don't have this CD yet - RUN, DON'T WALK to the nearest place you can get it!!!!

    You know how there are usually one or two songs on an album that you like "ok" but they're not your favorite? On this album, that is NOT the case. There is not a song on here that does not speak VOLUMES to something in every single one of us - whether we want to be "real" and admit it or not.

    I really can't say enough good things about this album - I could write a thousand words or a thousand pages and tell you how wonderful it is, but until you listen to it for yourself, you will not truly understand.

    WAY TO GO 'DISA!!!! YOU DID GOD PROUD ON THIS ONE :) :) :)

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Amazing....

    Love it

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