Gospel singer and actress Tamela Mann cited the Clark Sisters, Vanessa Bell and James Moore as vocal influences in an interview with The Gospel Guru. During the 2012 interview, Mann also noted that she would like to collaborate with Celine Dion at some point in her career, which she later did. As of 2015, Mann has performed with other notable artists such as Bono, Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Al Green and Fred Hammond.
Born Tamela Johnson, the Fort Worth, Texas native began her music career with the legendary gospel group Kirk Franklin and the Family. She later joined the cast of a gospel stage musical directed by David E. Talbert titled "He Say... She Say... But What Does God Say?" Mann's acting career expanded when she was discovered and cast for numerous roles by filmmaker and playwright Tyler Perry. Mann has been married to actor David Mann for 27 years, as of 2015, and the two began a record label together in 2005.
With the new record label, Tillymann Music Group, Mann embarked on a solo music career, which has remained deeply rooted in her gospel background. She often cites God and other spiritual matters as inspiration for many of her songs, including the entirety of the album "Best Days," especially the song "Take Me to the King."