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2009 release from the Gospel vocalist. You may remember Tamela as the quintessential voice from the multi-platinum selling artist Kirk Franklin's first four Kirk Franklin & The Family records and Tamela's signature song, 'Now Behold The Lamb' on the ever present holiday project Kirk Franklink & The Family Christmas.
"Tamela Mann, a powerful voice from an even more powerful brand! You may remember Tamela as the quintessential voice from multi-platinum Kirk Franklin s first four (4) Kirk Franklin and The Family records and Tamela s signature song s Now Behold the Lamb on the ever present holiday project Kirk Franklin and The Family Christmas. Then again, Tamela is even better known in her superstar role as Cora in Tyler Perry s mega block buster franchise on the big and small screen as well as her constant presence for years in Tyler Perry s stage plays. Even more impressive is her weekly role on TBS #1 rated show( in black households throughout America) with her husband, it s star Mr. Brown (David Mann) from Meet The Brown s. Tamela and David Mann are the most recognizable and frequently seen faces, getting more visibility than any other Faith-based artist in the world today! Tamela s sophomore project The Master s Plan is clearly a force to be reckoned with and a most for gospel music lovers and TV and movie lovers as well. TAMELA MANN BIOGRAPHY Arrayed in beauty and endowed with graceful artistry are but few of the observations used to describe Tamela Mann. The golden-voiced actress has impressively ascended into one of today s most accomplished talents. With her beginnings firmly rooted in Fort Worth, Texas, Tamela was born the youngest of 14 children. And like a plethora of other youngest kids, Tamela never had to vie for attention. On the contrary, Tamela and all of her siblings were properly reared by none other than Mother Eppe. A psalmist in her own right, Ms. Eppe was a Holy woman who believed in and exercised solid Bible principles. As Tamela's upbringing was grounded in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) tradition, she inherently possessed a meek and quiet spirit as she grew. At the age of 8, Tamela began mimicking the singing talents of her mother. By the time she was 12-years-old, Tamela's electrifying octave was promoted to the church's adult choir. Often selected to sing solos, a bashful Tamela with perfect pitch and dramatic soprano control would gloriously bellow the Lord's praises! From her early singing days in the local church and high school choirs, a songstress blossomed. As time would have it, such musical preparation served her music career very well as Tamela was privileged to join up with multi-Grammy Award-winning and double platinum gospel phenomenon Kirk Franklin and The Family. The debut album of Kirk Franklin and The Family not only changed the musical landscape of gospel music, but the album realized a defining moment in gospel music history by being the first to go platinum. Franklin and his group, The Family released the smash hit Whatcha Lookin 4, which dominated on the Billboard's Top 200. The album was No. 3 on the R&B charts and No. 1 on Contemporary Christian and Gospel charts. Likewise, the album received celebrated musical honors including a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel album, a Soul Train Music Award, five (5) Stellar Awards and an NAACP Image Award for the Best Duo and/or Group category. In addition to the remarkable success Tamela has enjoyed with The Family, she has collaborated and performed with numerous artists including Yolanda Adams, Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Celine Dion, Bono and Fred Hammond. Tamela's vocal contribution can be heard on various albums including Jackie McCullough Live, LL Cool J, and Kirk Franklin's Christmas. As if that were not enough, Tamela's signature voice can also be heard on respective Coca-Cola and Ashley Stewart commercials. With countless television appearances to her credit such as The Jay Leno Show, BET Soundstage, the 1999 Grammy Awards, the Dove Awards, and the United States of America World Olympics, Tamela also appeared in the 2001 comedy movie King." - BreathCast
"When I caught up with Tamela Mann, she was getting ready to go to an awards show. But she graciously took time to talk about her newest album, The Master Plan.
Angela Thor: I love the variety of styles on The Master Plan. Anything For You could come right off of a Stevie Wonder album. I could hear some Atlantic and even some Beyonce. What artists do you listen to today that
Tamela Mann: I kind of listen to everything. Like Stevie Wonder, country, I really like Carrie Underwood. I really listen to a lot of gospel; that's kind of my base. So it's really a variety of people because I think all genres of music; we're all trying to make a statement in different ways. I really listen to lyrics of songs; that's what kind of pulls me in." - AssociatedContent
Tamela J. Mann (born June 9, 1966) is an American actress and gospel singer, known for her role as "Cora" in Tyler Perry's plays includingI Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and What's Done in the Dark. Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. Mann was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Don't Take Your Joy Away", "Now Behold the Lamb", and "Lean on Me", the latter of which also included Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. Kelly, and Bono.
Mann has also made appearances in movies such as Kingdom Come and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Mann recorded some songs on the soundtrack for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, including participating in the song "Father (Can You Hear Me)". Mann is the wife of David Mann, who is known for his role as "Deacon Leroy Brown" in several of Perry's plays. Tamela Mann is known for her work with Tyler Perry as well as Dalton Isaac in 2008.
Personnel: Tamela Mann (vocals, background vocals); Todd Parsnow (guitar); Kermit Wells, Jimmy Wyatt (organ, keyboards); Bobby Sparks (organ); Myron Butler (keyboards, background vocals); Steve "Left Hand" Lewis, Shaun Martin (keyboards); Candy West, David Andrew Mann, Chelsea West, Andrea Wallace, Terrell Carter, Deonis "Pumah" Cook (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Christina Godby; Tre Nagella; John Jaszcz.
Recording information: Audio Dallas; January Studio; Luminous Studio; Maximedia Studio; Nomad; Sonic Ranch; The Millenial Symphony.
Photographer: Derek Blanks.
For The Master Plan, her sophomore album release, faith-based singer Tamela Mann sets her busy acting career aside for a bit to bring her powerful voice to bear on a set of gospel songs, most of which are given a distinctly urban and R&B veneer. Produced by Myron Butler and Terrell Carter, The Master Plan features an inventive vocal arrangement of "The Lord's Prayer" as well as four songs co-written by Mann, "I Trust in You," "Here I Am," "Anything for You," and "In Him," making this set a logical successor to her debut album. She may be all over television these days, most notably appearing with her husband, David Mann, on Tyler Perry's TBS series Meet the Browns, but Mann got her start performing because of her dramatic and powerful soprano singing voice, and she serves notice here that she still knows what to do with it. ~ Steve Leggett