A lot of people may be most familiar with Tamela Mann as the character Cora Simmons in the Tyler Perry movie and sitcom, “Meet the Browns” and other Madea movies. But this Dove Award nominee is first and foremost a gospel singer, and a strong one, at that. She got her start with the incomparable Kirk Franklin, singing on five albums, before going solo in 2009. Her biggest hit, “Take Me to the King,” also earned her a 2013 Grammy nomination for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance.
On her biography, she says she loves touring and ministering to people all over the world through her music. “That’s where I find my joy, when I can sing and minister to people,” she says, “because I see the hope and encouragement that it gives people. It’s something that I will do until I die. I will do this until the Lord calls me home because this is one sure way that I know I can tell people about Him so He can be glorified. I’ll never stop because I love it so much.”
She and her husband of 25 years, David, often perform together. He actually plays the role of her father on “Meet the Browns” and they are hoping to star in a cooking show together, called “Hanging with the Manns.” The pilot episode shows a couple who clearly enjoy each others’ company and have an easy, comfortable style that makes you want to hang out with them.
Tamela Mann performs on Friday, Oct. 17 in Dorton Arena. Tickets are just $10. Her website says that on her album, “Best Days,” “Tamela is on a mission to share the strength and joy that can be found in being a child of God.” I think anyone in Dorton Arena has a pretty good chance of getting that message, judging by her music and her fans.