Well-known Southern gospel singers include Bill and Gloria Gaither and Tamela Mann. As of 2015, these artists continue to tour the country, record new albums, collaborate with music departments and choirs at churches, and engage in community outreach projects.
Bill and Gloria Gaither's "Gaither Homecoming" tours contributed to an increase in the popularity of traditional gospel music in the 1990s. The Gaithers started the tours as somewhat of a Southern gospel artist reunion, with many well-known performers joining them on the bill. The tours also spawned Southern gospel music fans in other countries, including Ireland and Australia.
Tamela Mann began singing in the church at 8 years old. By age 12, Mann was singing solos in her church's adult choir. She made her debut in the charted gospel music world with a spot in fellow artist Kirk Franklin's choir, The Family, before making her debut as a solo artist in 2005. Mann's solo albums have earned her Stellar Gospel Music Awards, BET Gospel Music Awards and number one spots on Billboard's gospel music charts. Tamela Mann is also known for her role as Cora Simmons in Tyler Perry plays and movies, such as "Madea Goes to Jail," "Madea's Family Reunion" and "Meet the Browns."