EXCLUSIVE: The stars of MEET THE BROWNS

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By Jason Matthews

DAVID MANN
("Leroy S. Brown")

David Mann realized his talent for singing at a young age in Texas and began honing his skills in his grandfather’s church. The music world soon took notice of him when he tunefully teamed up with three-time Grammy-winning gospel sensation Kirk Franklin and the Family.

Ready to add to his already impressive resume, Mann set his sights on acting. He joined forces with one of America’s funniest actors and critically acclaimed screenwriter, playwright, producer, and director Tyler Perry. Mann’s film performances include Tyler Perry’s Meet the Browns. The accomplished stage actor has also been seen in numerous plays, including I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Madea’s Class Reunion and Madea’s Family Reunion.

When he is not on tour, Mann enjoys the restful company of his devoted wife of 20 years, Tamela Mann, their four fun-loving children and three adorable grandchildren.

 

TAMARA MANN
("Cora Jean Simmons")

A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Tamela Mann began her entertainment career singing in the church choir. As time would have it, such musical preparation served to advance the beginning of what would become an incredible music career. She was privileged to join up with multi-Grammy-winning and double platinum gospel phenomenon Kirk Franklin and the Family.

Mann’s vocal contribution can be heard on various albums, including the soundtracks for Tyler Perry’s Meet The Browns and Diary Of A Mad Black Woman and Kirk Franklin’s Rebirth and Christmas. As if that were not enough, her signature voice can also be heard in Coca-Cola and Ashley Stewart commercials.

In 1999, Mann began her acting career and made her stage debut in the year 2000 as Cora Brown in Tyler Perry’s stage play I Can Do Bad All By Myself. Additional film credits include Diary of a Mad Black Woman and Kingdom Come, in which she appeared in alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Jada Pinkett Smith. She has also starred in some of Tyler Perry’s most successful stage plays, including Madea’s Class Reunion, Madea’s Family Reunion, Meet The Browns and What’s Done In The Dark.

Mann’s latest CD, Tamela Mann The Live Experience, recently debuted on the Billboard Top 20 gospel sales chart off the strength of her powerful radio single “You Deserve My Praise.”

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