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She has capture the gospel music world with her voice..her acting and MORE!!! Today we celebrate the birthday of Tamela Mann!!! Here’s a brief bio:

Mann was born Tamela Jean Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas, and is the youngest of 14 children. Mann and her siblings grew up in a very spiritual home which was grounded in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC). They were properly reared by their mother whom they called “Mother Eppe.” Mother Eppe believed in and exercised solid bible principles. Mother Eppe was a psalmist in her own right. By the age of 12, Mann was singing in the church’s adult choir and often selected to sing solos. Although she was bashful, she blossomed in the local church and high school choirs.

Kirk Franklin and the Family

Tamela’s musical career began when she joined up with the multi-grammy award winning and double platinum gospel phenomenon Kirk Franklin and the Family.Mann has also enjoyed collaborating and performing with numerous artists such as Yolanda Adams,Mary J. Blige, Al Green, Celine Dion, Bono, R. Kelly and Fred Hammond. She went on to join the gospel musical cast of David E. Talbert as he directed the stage play He Say…She Say…But What Does God Say?

Mann began acting in 1999 when she was discovered by Tyler Perry. She debuted in the stage play I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Mann went on to play in Meet the Browns, Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea’s Class Reunion, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and What’s Done in the Dark. Mann has appeared on television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, BET Soundstage, 1999 Grammy Awards, Dove Awards, the United States of America World Olympics and Tyler Perry’s House of Payne, as well as Tyler Perry’sMeet the Browns, where she portrays Mr. Brown’s (David Mann) daughter. Mann has appeared in movies, including the 2001 comedy Kingdom Come, Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Meet The Browns.[4] She also had a role in 2009’s Tyler Perry movie Madea Goes to Jail. She is currently filming a new cooking show with her husband David, called “Hanging with the Mann’s”. Mann appeared in the upcoming 2012 film Sparkle, a remake of 1976 film of the same name, alongside Whitney Houston and American Idol winner and R&B singer Jordin Sparks, who made her film debut. The film was released on August 17, 2012.

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