Tamela Mann is entering a season of career growth.
In her first big screen role outside of the Tyler Perry franchise, the gospel singer-turned-actress was hand-picked to play Whitney Houston’s best friend, Sara Waters in “Sparkle.” As Mann notes in our recent interview on essenceonline.com , the role was not big, but it was great. Unlike other cast members, all of Mann’s scenes were with Houston. The on-screen chemistry between Houston and Mann played out as if they were friends from the cradle.
Three days prior to the movie release, “Best Days,” her first CD since 2007 hit the market. She said the late R&B Diva (who also recorded gospel on the acclaimed “Preacher’s Wife” Soundtrack) was one of the first to hear songs from the new CD. Mann proudly recalls Houston liked what she heard.
“You’re gonna get them with this one, baby,” Houston complimented.
“Best Days” is currently #1 on the Billboard Gospel Albums chart ahead of hit makers Israel Houghton, J Moss, Mary Mary and Marvin Sapp (listed consecutively.)
The lead single from the album, “Take Me to the King” was penned by Kirk Franklin. Along with her manager/husband of 24 years and co-star of “Meet the Browns,” David, Mrs. Mann got her start as a member of Kirk Franklin’s first popular group, “The Family.”
Sporting a trimmer figure, Mann is also the face of Tawni Haynes Apparel. On top of all of that, together the Manns continue to branch out. She said they have gotten a few offers on a cooking/adventure show called “Hanging With the Manns.” In fact, Tamela Mann is so busy, she was working on the day of their wedding anniversary. The happy-but-busy couple made time to celebrate two months after the date.
This Labor Day weekend, The Manns will co-host an anniversary concert for Rejoice Musical Soulfood in Elizabeth City, NC.
Click here to read more about what it was like for Mann to work with Houston before her untimely death.