Acclaimed Actress, NAACP Image Award Nominee and Dove Award-Winning Singer Tamela Mann is set to release her highly-anticipated Gospel CD ‘Best Days’ on 14th August 2012 through TillyMann Music Group Inc. and distributed by Central South Distribution. That week, Mann also celebrates the release of Sparkle, starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston, in which she is featured playing the role of Houston’s best friend, Sarah Waters. The film hits theaters on 17th August 2012. The first single from ‘Best Days,’ ‘Take Me To The King,’ penned and produced by Tamela’s long-time friend and Gospel icon, Kirk Franklin, is taking radio by storm. The first week of release, the track was the most added and received most increased plays debuting at #20 on the Gospel chart. This week, ‘Take Me To The King’ climbed to #11 on the Gospel radio chart.
“I want to present music that people can be blessed by and that can be healing,” said Tamela about the new CD. “We have to put music out to keep people encouraged and keep lifting the body of Christ up, and even the ones that haven’t become Christians. We need to encourage them that the best thing that they could ever do is become a child of God.”
Produced by Myron Butler and Kirk Franklin, the 12-song CD showcases Tamela’s powerful vocals and meaningful lyrics. The title track, penned by Butler, is a jubilant celebration of God’s promises. “It’s a very encouraging song and gives a lot of hope,” Tamela said. “It’s about looking back on your past, but not letting it take over your life. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Things will be better.”
Surrounding the release of ‘Take Me To The King’ to radio and in preparation of the CD release in August, a multi-city promo tour is scheduled for Tamela over the next few months, making stops at churches, radio stations and events across the country. Tamela will share new music from ‘Best Days,’ pre-sell CDs, and sign autographs for fans.
In addition to launching her new CD, Tamela appears in the upcoming film Sparkle, in theaters on 17th August. Sparkle, a remake of the 1976 film, tells the story of a young musical prodigy from a Harlem Gospel Choir, who is pushed into the limelight and struggles to become a star. The title character, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) is the youngest of three sisters in the 1950’s girl group who faces issues that are tearing apart their family in her road to stardom. Along with Tamela and Sparks, the stellar cast also includes Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carman Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, Cee-Lo Green among others.