Women's History Month: Tamela Mann

2019 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola - Ernest N. Morial Convention Center - Day 1

March is Women's History Month and we want to highlight female artists from the Heaven 600 catalog thanks to our friends at The Office of the Register Of Wills:

Tamela Mann is a Grammy® Award Winner, BET Award winner, Billboard Music Award Winner, NAACP Image® Award Winner, Gospel Music Stellar Award Winner, GMA Dove Award Winner, actress, songwriter, producer, and businesswoman. 

Her stage skills were first noticed by world-renowned producer, director, actor, and playwright, Tyler Perry, who chose her to appear in his play, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” in the role of “Cora Simmons.” From there her acting career grew as she continued to appear as “Cora” in Perry’s stage and film productions and in the hilarious television comedy, “Meet The Browns.”

Even as she’s enthralled audiences with her comedic acting over the years, Tamela has never strayed far from her first love of singing. Her Stellar Gospel Music Award-winning, GMA Dove Award-winning album Best Days debuted at No. 1 on multiple Billboard music sales charts and includes the No. 1 RIAA-Platinum certified single “Take Me to The King,” which earned Tamela her first Grammy® Award Nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. 

Tamela set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel Airplay chart history to score three consecutive No. 1’s from an album. The string of hits from this album, Best Days, includes "Take Me to The King," "I Can Only Imagine,” and "This Place.” The album received Billboard’s illustrious “Album of the Decade” for 2010-2019, in the Gospel category.

Tamela’s fourth studio album, the multiple music sales charting Billboard No. 1 album, One Way, garnered two more No. 1 singles, including “Change Me” and “God Provides,” which earned the singer her first Grammy® Award in 2017. 

That same year, Tamela broke the record for the most No. 1’s in the history of Billboard's Gospel Airplay chart when "Change Me" became her sixth leader, then sat atop the chart for 14 weeks. She’s performed this single, her other award winning songs and appeared on such shows as Good Morning America®, the Grammy® Awards, The View, The Today show, “In Performance at the White House” before President Barak Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and many others. 

Tamela and husband and business partner, actor/comedian David Mann, together helm Tillymann Entertainment. They starred together in the NAACP Image® Award-winning docu-series “The Manns” and the hit comedy “Mann & Wife.” In 2018, the Manns released their first book and joint album, Us Against the World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. The book won a NAACP Image® Award for Outstanding Literary Work and the album continues to garner top-charting singles including the current Urban AC track, “Ups & Downs.”

Tamela reprised the role of “Cora” for audiences on 2019’s massive Madea’s Farewell Tour. The tour was a sure-fire hit, playing to packed theaters across the country.

Most recently, Tamela launched a new athleisure apparel line, the Tamela Mann Collection, which is available for limited edition purchase online at TamelaMann.com and in select retail stores. She joined the WW® (formerly Weight Watchers) family in spring 2019 as a WW® Ambassador.

Bio: tillymannmusic.com. Photo: Getty

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