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American Idol’s Mandisa is known for her determinedly sunny disposition, but she recently weathered a dark depression.

After losing her best friend to cancer, the 40-year-old Christian contemporary singer sequestered herself away, gaining 195 lbs. and even considered suicide. However, today she is in a happy, healthy place — and with the release of her new album, Out of the Dark, she hopes to help others battling mental illness. “It only takes one flicker of light to chase out the darkness,” she says. Read the full story here.

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