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'It Is the Lord First':
Gospel Singers David & Tamela Mann Share
Secret to Lasting Marriage


By Efrem Graham, cbnnews.com

  Tamela Mann wanted to hit all the emotional notes on her current CD.

  The award-winning gospel singer does just that while stretching vocally on the 12-track "One Way." The first single, "God Provides" reached #1 on Billboard's Gospel Music Charts and won a Grammy for Best Gospel Song. The followup, "Change Me," has been at or near #1 since its release nearly a year ago.

  The song won the Dove Award For Traditional Gospel Recorded Song of the Year.
  The followup single, "Through It All" featuring
Timbaland, has just entered the Top 25.

 And Tamela recently hit the same charts on the Kirk Franklin hit, "My World Needs You" with Sarah Reeves and Tasha Cobbs.

  But, Tamela considers herself part of a team with her husband, David Mann.
 
  Now, David and Tamela are celebrating their love and 30 years of marriage by announcing their plans to write a book they're calling, "Us Against the World," due out later in 2018.

  The Manns met when they were just 18. Tamela's best friend introduced them. "We were best friends from church and we grew up together. She went to high school with David," said Tamela.

  "Let me just add at the time time we were a pretty big deal on campus," added David. The Manns' romance began as a friendship. "We were spending 10 to 15 hours a day together, just as friends," said David.

From Friendship to Life Partnership

  The pair have come a long way since those early years. The decision to write the book came after years of friends seeking their advice. "We love people, and people are always around us. That kind of pushed us and motivated us over the years, but we kept pushing it off," said Tamela.

  She added, "The Lord kept pressing me in my spirit" to write the book.

  The Manns are partners in both marriage and business. "That was my prayer as a young girl: that I would have someone that did the same things that I did, so I wouldn't have to explain all the time because first it was music for us," said Tamela.

  She continued, "I wanted someone who sang and was interested in church and music because that was my love, my first love is singing, my passion. And the Lord blessed me with someone who loved what I love. So, we really built together. And then it went from the singing to the acting, which is what he loves."

Marriage Advice: Make Your
Marriage Your Priority

  David says, "A lot of people ask, 'how do you juggle this?'"

  "I never give my marriage the same weight and balance," he explained. "I never try and balance it with anything else. It far outweighs anything else I will ever do. Whether it comes to work, career, the kids, anything, this is my first ministry and I never try to balance anything against her. I tell everybody if this business ever gets in the way of this, we will disappear," he added.

  Tamela agreed, "It is the Lord first and then him."

  "And that is why we came up with the title 'Us Against the World,' because at the end of the day, it is going to be us," added David.

  "We are having fun and we are enjoying it," Tamela said

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It's all about family for Tamela Mann

For Tamela Mann, it's all about family.

  "We just want families to get back together," she said. "So many people are into the social technology things, vs. sitting down and dining together and hanging out together. We need to keep that unity."

  A singer who recently earned a Billboard Award nomination for best gospel artist, Mann has been sharing a stage with her husband, David Mann, a comedian; and children David Jr. and Tia in a current tour that just passed through Atlanta.

  Tia is a singer, and David Jr. is the DJ for the event.

  Mann was born Tamela Jean Johnson in Fort Worth, Texas, the youngest of 14 children. By age 12, she was singing in the Church of God in Christ choir.

  As a member of gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family, Mann performed with artists including Mary J. Blige, Al Green and Celine Dion. She began an acting career in 1999, performing in Tyler Perry's "I Can Do Bad All By Myself." She went on to act in plays including "Meet the Browns" and "Madea's Family Reunion."

 Tamela and her family also perform in the comedy show "Mann and Wife" on Bounce TV and "The Manns," a reality show on TV One.

  But for now, she is concentrating on the family tour.

  David Jr. kicks off the show, Mann said, followed by a "neo-soul" set from Tia. Husband does a comedy routine, then Tamela takes the stage for a gospel set.

  The family feeling extends behind the scenes. Oldest daughter Porcia serves as the tour manager.

  "It's not just a party, it's not just a comedy show," Mann said in a telephone interview from her home in Dallas. "It's an experience."

  Mann said the family keeps it clean, even during the comedy portion. No X-rated jokes here.

  "You laugh, you cry, you worship," she said. "You feel every emotion. We're tying to get everyone from 1 to 99, young and old."

  While juggling comedy and musical elements might seem to be a challenge, Mann said it's one she welcomes.

  "It's just like everything else, rehearsing it and getting it all planned out," she said. "It's working out really well."

  Mann said she and her husband treasure being able to spend time with their now-grown children on the road. Porcia is 30, David Jr. is 28 and Tia is 26.

  When the kids were little, she said, they had to stay home a lot while she and David traveled to perform in the Tyler Perry shows.

  "It's really exciting to have them all here. We enjoy each others' company," Mann said. "To have the three of them out with me and my husband, who could ask for anything better?"

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David & Tamela Mann
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Tamela Mann
"Change Me"
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Gospel diva Tamela Mann brings it all to the table for her showstopping 2016 release. One Way features guest appearances from Timbaland and daughter Tia Mann on a selection of electrifying gospel and worship originals. Includes the duet with Kirk Franklin, "God Provides."

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"Us Against the World: Our Secrets to a Long and Loving Marriage - unabrodged audiobook on MP3-CD


David and Tamela Mann have been married for 30 years, but the singers, actors, and entrepreneurs are just as, if not more than, happily in love as they were in the early days of their relationship. In their new book, the couple will relate the story of their first encounters as teenagers, the importance of communication, and how they've been able to keep that spark burning through all these years. The Mann's have delighted and inspired audiences through music, a string of plays and movies, as well as several television series - Meet the Browns, The Mann's, and Mann & Wife. They'll share about their often hilarious and sometimes controversial interactions with each other, their blended family of five grown children and eight grandchildren, and how these relationships enrich their lives. Given their recording careers, touring, filming, and managing an outrageous family, The Mann's will share with readers the day-to-day challenges, successes, and joys that happen behind the scenes.

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