June 9, 1966 (57)
Mann began her career as a singer with Kirk Franklin and the Family, where she was a primary vocalist on tracks like “Now Behold the Lamb” and “Lean on Me.” She later transitioned to a solo career, releasing albums such as “Gotta Keep Movin” (2005) and “The Master Plan” (2009). Her third studio album, “Best Days,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel albums chart and was certified Gold by the RIAA. In acting, she has appeared in Tyler Perry films like “Diary of a Mad Black Woman,” “Meet the Browns,” and “Madea Goes to Jail,” among others. She also starred in the TBS sitcom “Meet the Browns” and the BET sitcom “Tyler Perry’s Assisted Living.”
Throughout her career, Mann has collaborated with a wide range of artists and celebrities. These include Mary J. Blige, Crystal Lewis, R. Kelly, Bono in the gospel realm, and Yolanda Adams, Al Green, Celine Dion, Fred Hammond in other genres. She has also worked with local talents like Demarcus Williams, Myron Williams, Kermit Wells, Excell Amos, and Myron Butler.
Mann has received several awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Performance/Song in 2017 for “God Provides.” She has also earned multiple NAACP Image Awards, a Billboard Music Award, an American Music Award, and a BET Award. In 2022, she was inducted into the Black Music & Entertainment Walk of Fame, and in 2023, she broke the record for the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard Gospel Airplay chart.