Tamela Mann has accomplished a lot in her life. She’s appeared in film, on stage and on TV. She’s a Grammy, BET, Dove and NAACP Image Award winner, but she’s currently working on a project that’s a first for her.
She, her husband, David, and two adult children, David and Tia, are traveling with a show called the Mann’s Family World Tour, and they’ll bring it to the Bell Auditorium Saturday, May 6.
While their children grew up watching their parents perform, this is the first show in which they’ve all taken the stage together, and that excites her.
“For me as a mother to be able to have them on stage means a lot,” she said.
The show will open with her son, David Mann Jr., who is a DJ.
“He gets the party started,” she said. “Then my daughter has the next set. My husband comes out with his comedy, and I bring it on home. We’ll do church.”
Mann said the Family World Tour has been in the works for a while, and audience response has been great. They plan to take a break over the summer and bring the tour back in the fall.
Mann, who has appeared in several Tyler Perry productions, including Meet the Browns, Madea’s Big Happy Family and Madea Goes to Jail, has also worked on projects such as the TV series Mann and Wife and The Manns.
She enjoys acting, but her passion is singing.
“Acting is icing on the cake, but my true love is singing. I never get tired of it,” she said.
Mann started singing in the church choir when she was 12. When she graduated high school, Kirk Franklin recruited her as a vocalist for Kirk Franklin and The Family. Franklin, who has recorded 13 albums, has received 12 Grammy Awards, 16 Dove Awards and 39 Stellar Awards for gospel.
Mann received a Grammy early this year for best gospel performance with the song, “God Provides,” and on April 11, she learned she’s been nominated for two Billboard Music Awards. The awards show will air at 8 p.m. May 21 on ABC.
This isn’t Mann’s first visit to Augusta, and she said she’s looking forward to returning to the Garden City.
“Every time I came, I had a great turnout,” she said.
She said audiences will enjoy the show. There’s a lot of love and laughter in it.
Tickets to Mann’s Family World Tour range from $21 to $75 for VIPs. The show begins at 7 p.m.
For more information, visit www.augustaentertainment.complex.com.