Stronger

Album: What If We Were Real (2011)
  • This is the lead single from American Idol season five finalist Mandisa's third album, What If We Were Real. The 11 tracks encourage shining the light on whom we really are, including both the good and the bad; the theme of the record also coincided with Mandisa's public struggles with food addiction and weight loss. "A struggle is a struggle, and Jesus is there through it all," the singer explained. "He is there in compassion and grace. I have found that what He has spoken to me through these songs has been encouraging and I think that'll be true for other people who are going through their own hard times."
  • Inspired by the belief that surviving hardship makes us more resilient, "Stronger" summed up the previous 12 months of Mandisa's life. "That song is very appropriate for me," commented the American Idol finalist. "When I look back on this year and reflect on the difficult things I've gone through, I realize I've grown the most not from when things were great, but from when they were hard. 'Stronger' is encouragement for anybody who is going through a similar time. As long as you're still here and still walking through, you'll be stronger in the end."

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