Tuesday, October 6, 2009

My Birthday video contest winners!!!

Well you've asked for it. So here it is! There were many videos submitted for my birthday contest. If you are not familiar with the contest, basically I asked people to send me videos of them singing, dancing, and incorporating images to my songs. I got the idea because one of my favorite things to do is to get online and view such videos. I knew that it would be the perfect birthday gift for me!

Before I show you the winners, let me show you one honorable mention. I met these crazy girls at my show in Asheville, NC at Billy Graham's Training Center "The Cove" a few weeks ago. I enjoyed meeting them so much and this video will show you why. They're so funny! Here's Sprig of Joy:

Sprig of Joy Definition Dance from Sprig of Joy on Vimeo.

I wish I could have chosen each video that was submitted to be the winner. They were all so great. So much creativity. So many amazing voices. Such great dancing. It was soooooooo hard for me to narrow it down to 3. So hard in fact that I actually COULDN'T narrow it down to 3. I had a 3-way tie for 3rd place!

Here's the first 3rd place winner. I met Megan Carolin a couple of times. Sweet girl! And we have a lot in common. We are both walking through a very similar journey right now. I know where she is coming from with this video. That's why it meant so much to me:

The next 3rd place winner is Julia Colon. I was NOT expecting this voice to come out of this girl. Wow! Not only can she sing her face off, but she expressed the emotion of this song so beautifully. Keep singing Julia. God has gifted you!

Last but not least, the final 3rd place winner is my girl Brittany Brooks. I'd seen another video she created a while back when she sang "Not Guilty" and the girl can sang! But I was blown away by this video she created. She is so creative! And to make it even better, I got a dose of her beautiful voice too!

See what I mean when I said it was hard to narrow it down? And this is just the tip of the iceberg!

I actually just got off of the phone with the 2nd place winner, Blake Rackley. He is so funny and so gifted. I couldn't believe he was only 17! His video made me laugh and it put the biggest smile on my face. (And him thinking I was 27 helped a little bit too. LOL!):

Last but not least, 1st place went to the adorable Laura Smith. I could immediately tell that Laura was a big fan. I was so sad to hear about her missing me at Winter Jam. But guess what? As the winner of my birthday video contest, I'll get to meet her in a couple of weeks at a show I have at EWomen in Columbus, OH! I can't wait to hug her sweet little neck! It took a lot of bravery to sing "(Never Gonna) Steal My Joy" and despite what she says, I think she has a lovely voice!!!

(You'll probably need to turn up the volume on your speakers to hear this well...)

So there you have it! Congratulations to the winners. Keep an eye out for a box a swag coming your way (however, I get the sneaky feeling that most of you already have signed things from me. Hopefully we can stick some new stuff in there for you)!

Thanks to everyone who sent me a video. If you follow me on twitter, you know what a wonderful birthday I had. Honestly, the highlight of that day was sitting down and watching every last one of your videos! Please do not feel bad if your entry is not above. You all did such an amazing job that you made it too hard on me to choose! I love you so much! Be looking for my thank you card in the mail.



  1. So proud of all the winners... I know you had a hard time....
    Hats off to Laura Smith---way to go....

    Next year... maybe I will be smart enough to make one... lol.. I better start tonight. LOLOL.

    Love you... CYA on Oct 24th. I hope I at least get to speak to you for a minute...

    Be Blessed.

  2. My heart just literally dropped Disa! thank you so much for the kind words, i'm SO glad you liked my video! love you! and i think i'll be seeing you in columbus in a couple weeks too! i hope you'll be doing signings because i can't wait to give you a hug! =)

  3. What beautiful videos and hearts here.

    Thanks for sharing.

  4. Mandisa,
    Know that your latter days will be so much greater than your former.So many of us have been waiting by the collective pools of our lives lamenting about not having someone or something to help us finally step into our spiritual destinies. We've longed for this place and we've seen it here and there never really believing we would ever get this close to our destiny and our purpose. But thanks be unto God for this new day and new dimension we are now entering into where by it matters not that we haven't the right tools
    (or so we think) or the right timing to cross over. We'd felt the angel stirring the waters again and we thought we'd miss another season and another opportunituy but then we look up and here comes Jesus now passing by and speaking directly to every obstical and every inconsistancey that has kept us bound. Here comes Jesus who compels us to forget about the help we don't have or the apparent lameness of our own situation. We don't even have to go through the preceived process of stepping down. "Rise up" he says take up your bed..and it is done. Our gifts have been dormant long enough. We will nolonger lay on the thing that brings not only our deliverence but many others to follow. What kept us for so many years we now hold in our hands.

    My God, My God what a time we are entering into! Can you not feel it in the atmosphere! It is not another level but a whole new us for a whole new dispensation of power and service. Eye hath not seen Mandisa, eye hath not seen.

    Go in power,
    Pastor Tina
    p.s. I loved Julie & Julia as well :)