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Tamela Mann
Born June 9, 1966 (1966-06-09) (age 43)
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer
Years active 1999–present

Tamela J. Mann (born June 9, 1966) is an American actress and gospel singer, known for her role as "Cora" 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, Madea Goes to Jail and What's Done in the Dark. Mann began her career as a singer with the gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. Mann was a featured soloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Now Behold the Lamb", and "Lean on Me", the latter of which also included Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. Kelly, and Bono.

Mann has also made appearances in movies such as Kingdom Come and Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Mann 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 the wife of David Mann, who is known for his role as "Deacon Leroy Brown" in several of Perry's plays. Tamela Mann is known for her work with Tyler Perry as well as Dalton Isaac in 2008.



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.[1] 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? In 2005, Tamela released her solo album titled “Gotta Keep Movin” and in 2007 she released “The Live Experience.” Mann’s explosive songs "Father Can You hear Me" and "Take It To Jesus" can be heard in the movie and on the soundtrack album of Diary of a Mad Black Woman (film).[2]

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 television show. Mann has appeared in movies including the 2001 comedy, Kingdom Come, Diary of a Mad Black Woman, and Meet The Browns.[3] She also had a role in 2009's Tyler Perry movie Madea Goes to Jail.[4]


Mann was born 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.[5]

Personal life

Mann is the wife of actor David Mann, who is known for his role as “Deacon Leroy Brown” in some of Tyler Perry’s plays. They have always worked together professionally. David and Tamela have been married for over 21 years and have four children together, three daughters and one son, .[6]






Stellar Awards[7] [1]

  • 2008: Female Vocalist of the Year (The Live Experience)
  • 2008: Contemporary Female Artist of The Year (The Live Experience)514

Awards: None so far


  1. The Live Experience
  2. Gotta Keep Movin
  3. Diary Of A Mad Black Woman - Soundtrack
  4. Meet The Browns - Soundtrack
  5. The Master Plan-2009 (US: #97)


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