Although she’s performed for thousands of fans at a time in huge arenas, Mandisa is especially excited about the upcoming 2nd Annual Girls’ Night Out at Beach Church.
The contemporary Christian singer, who made it to the final rounds of “American Idol” in 2006, and comedienne Anita Renfroe, sometimes called “this generation’s Erma Bombeck,” will perform Saturday at 7 p.m. Beach Church is at 557 George Bishop Pkwy., near the former Freestyle Music Park.
The church and His Radio 88.3 WMBJ-FM are bringing what Jeanne Westerby of Beach Church called “a night of laughter, music and ministry” to the community.
“We’re hoping this gives our listeners a place to go on a Saturday night, giving them a break," said Jody Robinson, His Radio area coordinator. “They can go out and hear some great music and a great comedian and most especially, the message of the gospel through both of those ladies.”
Mandisa herself is also looking forward to this sort of setting.
“It’s tours like this where I get to interact with the people in the audience and see the looks on their faces that are so great,” Mandisa said about this weekend’s performance.
In some of her concerts – and Girls’ Night Out will be one such concert – she sets aside a time to pray with people.
“I can’t do things like that in a large arena,” she said.
Mandisa, who is about to release her CD “Stronger,” on April 5, said she also gets to interact with the audience about her recent dramatic weight loss.
“Losing 110 pounds is such a big part of my testimony and I get to pray for those struggling with their weight too.”
The singer said losing that weight wasn’t just about diet and exercise.
“It was about a healthy eating plan and turning to the Lord, not about trying to do it in my own power.”
Renfroe, who Westerby said is known for her “off-the-wall insights, music and trademark pop culture parodies,” has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” CBS’s “The Early Show,” “Fox & Friends” and other television programs.
Both women are involved with Women of Faith Conferences.
Mandisa has also been seen on “Today,” “The Early Show,” and “Regis & Kelly.”
The singer, who has been to Myrtle Beach before, said she loves the area and is looking forward to being back.
“This tour with Anita Renfroe is the perfect combination of joy and laughter and dancing and hope,” Mandisa said.
“When people leave, I want their burdens to be a little bit lighter and I want them to have a little more hope for their situations than when they came in.”
The singer said she’s particularly excited because she’s going to be performing songs at Girls’ Night Out from her new CD that hasn’t been released yet.
“The people who will be there will hear songs nobody else ever heard before so I’m really excited about that,” she said.