CCM: Since releasing Best Days in 2012, your achievements have included a slew of major network television appearances, a performance for the President and First Lady at the White House and a GRAMMY nod. Do you feel any tension sharing such a straightforward Gospel message in such heady secular venues?
TM: I don’t feel any tension in different atmospheres. When I am in these different arenas, I feel like God has given me the opportunity to let my light shine and let people know about my God. A lot of times we are the only Bible that people are exposed to. My message will always be the same no matter where I go and no matter how much the rhythm of the music changes.
CCM: Your musical career first began twenty-plus years ago as a member of Kirk Franklin’s hugely successful “Family” collective. But it was your TV and film roles that garnered the general public’s attention. So was music or acting your first love?
TM: Music is and will always be my first love. I started singing at eight years old, and around twelve years old singing became my passion. It’s the one gift that I feel most confident in. My life is music. Acting is just the icing on the cake.