What do Celine Dion, Al Green and Tyler Perry have in common? Why, Tamela Mann, of course.
Since initiating her professional music career as a member of Kirk Franklin’s “The Family” back-up crew in the early 90’s, Mann has made the rounds, collaborating with a host of high-profile musicians, producers, actors and directors thanks to her vivacious personality, obvious talents and generous heart. And though she first became a familiar face nationwide for her recurring stage and screen role as “Cora Brown” in Tyler Perry’s wildly successful Madea series, over the last several years the gospel-singing powerhouse has been cultivating her own stage with the medium where she most feels most at home—music.
After cementing her place in gospel music with the release of her watershed 2012 recording, Best Days (buy)—resulting in multiple Stellar Awards, Dove Awards, a GRAMMY nod, and three consecutive number one singles, including the gold-certified smash, “Take Me to the King”—Mann continues her solo sojourn with the release of her latest number-one LP, One Way (TillyMann Music—buy). With guest production credits by sonic greats like Timbaland (Justin Timberlake, Jennifer Hudson) and long-time musical mentor, Kirk Franklin, One Way stretches Mann’s musical edge while keeping the gospel declarations first affirmed in her heart as a child while singing in her hometown Texas church front and center.
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