They’ve made you laugh, they’ve made you cry but whatever they have done, they did it together as a married couple; David and Tamela Mann. From Meet the Browns to Mann and Wife; from singing for gospel great Kirk Franklin to acting for entertainment titan Tyler Perry, the Mann’s have made all the right moves to prepare their own empire.
This fall the power couple, founders of Tillyman Music Group, launched their Us Against The World Mann Tour, first-ever joint album Us Against The World: The Love Project and their new memoir, Us Against The World: Our Secrets to Love, Marriage, and Family. With so much on the horizon the Mann’s say they simply wanted to celebrate their 30 years of marriage with the world.
In writing their book, Tamela hopes she can help save marriages by sharing an honest account of how they’ve weathered their storms.
“We want to make marriage great again,” said Tamela. “Couples need hope and we don’t want couples to give up or throw in the towel. Life is a circle, so if you divorce and move on to the next one, understand that you will continue to learn the same lessons. Ask the Lord to help you complete what you started and stay strong.”
The Mann’s new album, the Love Project features their first ever duet.
“Our album is not a gospel album, but speaks about genuine love between and a man and a wife, and people need to hear from a couple that loves each other and loves the Lord and this is possible,” said David.
Earlier the Manns were honored at the NAACP Image Awards for their docu-series The Manns on TV One. Tamela was also presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Stellar Gospel Music Awards and received 2018 Billboard Music Award nominations for “Top Gospel Artist” and “Top Gospel Song” for “Change Me” from her 2017 Billboard Music Award-winning, No. 1-selling album, One Way. Last year, Tamela broke the record for the most No. 1’s in the history of Billboard’s Gospel Airplay chart when “Change Me” became her sixth leader, topping the charts for three and a half months.
Sharing their faith beyond church walls is of the utmost importance to the Manns.
“We need to take ourselves out of the church box because God called us to help all people,” said Tamela. “We’ve opened up our minds to be able to become all things to all men and pull those not into the church house, in. We must be amongst people in order to spread the gospel because Jesus lives in us and we can be in the world and not of it.”
For the Manns, expanding their ministry from the gospel to the secular world was not a difficult transition.
“The secular world already knew who we were – that we were Christians and for Christ,” said Tamela. “We are all about bringing our belief to the larger world,” said David.
The duo also says working with Kirk Franklin taught them the importance of working in unison with a leader while Tyler Perry showed them how to capture their audience.
While the Manns work hard to bring positivity to the world, they will not ignore the hate they see in America.
“Society has taken some steps forward, but one entity has taken us all 10 steps back and when our leaders lower their moral standards, that bleeds down to people under them and becomes acceptable,” said David. “It’s never acceptable behavior.”
Tamela says fans can look forward to her leisure wear debuting in Ashley Stewart stores in this month and a new Christmas movie, “Merry Wish-mas” on TV One.
“Again we want to encourage families and bring them together. The family structure is not dead; there is still hope for the family.”