Recording information: Audio Dallas; January Studio; Luminous Studio; Maximedia Studio; Nomad studios; Sonic Ranch; The Millennial 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