Tamela Mann is an actress and gospel singer best known for her iconic singing voice and roles in Tyler Perry’s plays and movies. Born in Texas, Tamela is the youngest of 14 children and adopted Christ at an early age. Tamela’s household was very spiritual, as she and her siblings were deeply involved in the Church of God in Christ. By the time Tamela turned 12 years old, she was already heavily involved in her church’s adult choir and often selected to perform solos.
Tamela’s professional singing career began in the early 1990s when she joined forces with Kirk Franklin and The Family. She appeared on many of the group’s songs including “Don’t Take Your Joy Away”, “Now Behold The Lamb”, and “Lean On Me”, most of which showcased her exceptional talent as a soloist. She also collaborated with artists such as Yolanda Adams, Mary J Blige, Al Green, R. Kelly and many more including her husband, David Mann. Together, Tamela and her husband have created their own music label entitled, “Tillymann Music” in which they have released several music projects including Tamela’s 2005 solo album, “Gotta Keep It Moving” and “The Live Experience”.
Tamela’s acting career began in 1999 when she was discovered by director and producer, Tyler Perry. Her acting debut was in the stage play, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”. She then went on to play in “Meet The Browns”, “Madea’s Family Reunion”, “Madea’s Class Reunion” and a host of other Tyler Perry stage plays and movies and is most known for her repeated role as “Cora”. Tamela most recently appeared in the film “Sparkle” alongside the late Whitney Houston and newcomer, Jordin Sparks. She is currently working on a new cooking show with her husband entitled, “Hanging With The Mann’s” as well as her role as “Cora” in Tyler Perry’s television sitcom, “Meet The Browns”.
Currently, Tamela has the number one Gospel song in the nation, “Take Me To The King”.