Tamela Mann stars in "Tyler Perry's Meet the Browns" on TBS as Cora Brown. Mann also stars as the same character in the movie "Madea's Big Happy Family," alongside Tyler Perry and Bow Wow.

Growing up, Tamela was an impoverished child in Texas where money was scarce, and struggles were ever-present. God and the sweet gospel sounds of Walter Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins, Andrae Crouch and the Clark Sisters were there to encourage her. Music was her solace from the beginning, and she began attending choir rehearsals with her siblings when she was eight.

By 12, she was performing in the "singing choir" at the Holy Tabernacle. In her late teens, she attended an after school chorus class, where she first heard high school friends David Mann, Kirk Franklin and Darrell Blair sing; in those days, they were known as the "Humble Hearts." Tamela went on to a different high school, but impressed them with her voice. She and David became best friends and eventually began singing with Franklin and then the larger ensemble Franklin created, The Family.

Mann's vocal contribution can be heard on various albums, including the soundtracks for "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns" and "Diary Of A Mad Black Woman" and Kirk Franklin's "Rebirth" and "Christmas." As if that weren't enough, her signature voice can also be heard in Coca-Cola and Ashley Stewart commercials. Mann's latest CD, "Tamela Mann The Live Experience," recently debuted on the Billboard Top 20 gospel sales chart off the strength of her powerful radio single, "You Deserve My Praise." 

Tamela's extraordinary career began in the early 90s when she joined future gospel superstar Franklin as a member of his platinum selling gospel music group, The Family. After collaborating with him, she went on to join the cast of the stage play, "He Say…She Say…But What Does God Say?"

On the heels of her highly lauded stage debut, her acting career took off as she was tapped by Tyler Perry to appear in his stage play "I Can Do Bad All By Myself." Tamela enthralled audiences with her comedic acting over the years as Cora in many of Perry's other hit plays ("Madea's Family Reunion," "Madea's Class Reunion") and films ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman," "Madea Goes To Jail"). In fact, Mann's explosive songs "Father Can You Hear Me" and "Take It to Jesus" can even be heard in the movie and on the soundtrack album of "Diary of a Mad Black Woman."

Tamela then went on to star in the play and motion picture, "Tyler Perry's Meet The Browns," in which she charmed fans as Mr. Brown's daughter, Cora. Both properties were sure-fire hits, playing to packed theaters and grossing millions. "If you thought Madea's family was crazy, wait til you meet the Browns" became the tag line for the new TBS comedy modeled after the film in which Tamela reprised her role as 'Cora.'

The happy, feel-good story of Tamela has her falling in love with her best friend David Mann, starting a family—their kids are Porcia (24), Tiffany (23), David (22) and Tia, and raising their 35-year-old niece Sonya as their own - and continuing to turn in strong, artful performances on stage and on screen.


How old is she? Find out here.

Age: 51 years old
Birthday: June 9, 1966
Birthplace: Fort Worth, TX
Husband: David Mann

TV One Expands Family with 'The Manns' — Due later this year, the new reality docu-series follows the lives of the entertainment power couple David and Tamela Mann from "Meet the Browns" and "Mann & Wife." Read more...
Devoted Couple Reunites in 'Mann & Wife' — Premiering Tuesday, April 7, the new Bounce TV comedy series stars real-life husband and wife team David Mann ("House of Payne," "Meet the Browns") and Tamela Mann ("Madea's Big Happy Family," "Sparkle"). Read more...
Bounce TV Upfront Unveils 2014-2015 Slate — Newcomers "Mann & Wife" and "Sisters" will join returning series "Family Time" and "Off the Chain." Read more...

'For Better or Worse': TBS Orders New Tyler Perry Series — Michael Jai White and Tasha Smith star in the dramedy series based on the "Why Did I Get Married?" films. Read more...
'NAACP Image Awards 2010' to Honor Tyler Perry — The writer, director and star of numerous films will receive the Chairman's Award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service on the live FOX broadcast on February 26. Read more...

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