Born: June 9, 1966
Place of Birth: Forth Worth, TX
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Career and Life
Tamela Jean Mann is a gospel singer and actress. She is the youngest of 14 children who grew up in a very religous and spiritual home who were members of the Church of God in Christ. Mann began singing at a very early, before her teens. She would often sing solos and even joined local choirs despite her bashfulness.
Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Don't Take Your Joy Away", "Now Behold the Lamb", and "Lean on Me", the latter of which also included Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. Kelly, and Bono. She released her debut studio album in 2005. Her third studio album, Best Days was certified Gold by the RIAA, and lead single "Take Me to the King" was huge commercial success, and well as received Grammy Award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance nomination.
Mann is known for her role as Cora Simmons in Tyler Perry's plays, including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea's Family Reunion, Madea's Class Reunion, Meet the Browns, and What's Done in the Dark. Mann has appeared in movies including Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Madea's Big Happy Family. She recorded some songs on the soundtrack for Diary of a Mad Black Woman, including participating in the song "Father (Can You Hear Me)".
Mann is married to David Mann. They starred on the TBS sitcom Meet the Browns from 2009 to 2011. In 2015, they began starring on the Bounce TV sitcom Mann & Wife.