R&B singer Mandisa, a favorite top ten finalist from season five of American Idol, will release her first single, “Only the World”, to retail outlets May 22nd via Sparrow Records. The powerhouse vocalist’s debut album will follow on 31 July. Mandisa’s forthcoming album features a dynamic team of producers including Shannon Sanders and Andrew Ramsey (India.Arie), Christopher Stevens (TobyMac), Shaun Shankel (Amy Grant), Double Dutch, and Brown Bannister. “Only the World” will hit radio stations on 11 May. The CD single edition in stores 22 May will include a second song, “True Beauty.” About her time on the show and the nationwide concert tour that followed, Mandisa says, “My faith certainly went through some tests of fire, but it’s stronger because of American Idol. I came out of that experience understanding Jesus better. I had been sheltered in Christian circles for a while, and AI helped me realise the kind of impact that Christians can make in the world around them.”