Tamela Mann has made a name for herself by making a significant impact in various fields of the entertainment industry. She is an American gospel singer and actress known for her many works in both gospel music and contemporary film.
Mann began in the early 1990s with Kirk Franklin’s gospel music group “Kirk Franklin and the Family” and gradually expanded her horizons to greater heights. Her television appearances have been mainly with Tyler Perry’s productions, including “Diary of a Mad Balck Woman”, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” and the “Madea” productions. Apart from her life on the screens, there is so much to know about the singer and actress, and here are some lesser-known facts about Tamela Mann.
Tamela Mann Bio, Age
She was born on June 9, 1966, in Fort Worth, Texas, into a large family of 14 children, of which she is the youngest. Mann was raised intensively according to the principles of Christianity together with her siblings, who all grew up with their mother, a convinced Christian. She was a member of her church choir, where she began to show a forte in music by singing solos and leading the church choir during the service. Tamela had the choir as her second home throughout her school years before her paths crossed with the Grammy-winning gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family.
Tamela Mann Career
She started singing with the group in the 90s. Her experiences with them brought her into the limelight, and soon she was discovered by the film actors. Tamela’s employment with the Kirk Franklin group led to her acting career and also to her solo music career.
She left the gospel group and starred in He Say…She Says…But What Does God Say? by David E. Talbert. Her first stage play was I Can Do Bad All By Myself in 1999 when she was discovered by Tyler Perry. Further productions by Tyler Perry followed, including “Meet The Browns”, “Madeas Class Reunion”, “Madea’s Family Reunion” and many others. Apart from her film appearances, Mann has also had appearances on television. She appeared on the “Tonight Show”, the “BET Soundstage”, the 1999 Grammy Awards, “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” and many other television shows.
Tamela Mann began her solo career in 2005 when she and her husband founded the label Tillyman Music Group. In the same year, she released her solo album “Gotta Keep Movin”. Her live album “The Live Experience” followed. Mann’s second album “The Master Plan” was released in 2009 and made it to number 2 in the Billboard Gospel Album Chart.
Three years later she released her third studio album “Best Days”, which did so much better than the first two. Reaching a top spot on the Billboard Top Gospel Album Chart and number 14 on the Billboard 200, Mann’s uplifting and inspiring tracks have earned her much recognition and awards, including Best Gospel Artiste of the Year at the Stellar Awards 2014 and Best Gospel Artiste of the Year at the BET Awards 2014.
Mann made her film debut in 2012 when she appeared in Sparkle alongside Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks.
Her Net Worth
Tamela Mann sits on an estimated net worth of $3.5 million. The singer and actress owe her financial status to both her musical engagements and her film appearances. A greater part of her income comes from her musical efforts, through which she has achieved fame.
Personal Life – Husband, Children,
Tamela Mann not only lives out her Christian life on television but also stands up for Christian values in reality. The talented singer is a traditional family woman who values marriage and living together very highly. She is married to David Mann, who is also an actor. The couple has been married for more than 25 years and has become an inspiration for many young couples. David and Tamela were brought together by the wind of fate during their high school days. For all those who do not know: Tamela’s husband David plays the role of Deacon Leroy Brown in the plays of Tyler Perry.
The couple has two children, David Jr., and Tia. Tamela is the stepmother of David’s two daughters Porcia and Tiffany, who come from a previous relationship. The couple raised the four children together with Tamela’s niece, Sonya.
Tamela’s Weight Loss Journey
Anyone who knows Tamela from the 1990s and early 2000s would testify to her noticeable weight loss. The gospel singer made the news in 2017 after showing her impressive weight loss. To the surprise of her many fans, she went from a 30/32 to an 18/20 in 2017.
The singer decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle after her husband David was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. The determined couple soon embarked on a “discouraging” journey that required them to eat healthier food, stay fit, and adopt a generally healthier lifestyle. Tamela and David are now advocates for the American Diabetes Association, encouraging others to live healthier lives.