Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Key Significant Benchmarks in the African American Black Music industry (Part 7).

Tamela Mann is the only black female Gospel
artist in recent years to
 receive a gold plaque from RIAA
for a digital single.
The song featured on Tamela’s number-one selling 2012 album ‘Best Days’ was released to Gospel radio. The track quickly climbed to number-one  on the Gospel radio chart where it remained for more than 25 weeks. While Tamela has performed this song on numerous TV shows, including the BET Awards, Sunday Best, and the Stellar Awards, the song has found a special place in all her concerts as an inspiring high point of the powerhouse vocalist’s set.

The CD is almost gold certified with units sold in America in the excess of 470,000 copies to date. “Best Days”  is the third studio album by African  American recording artist  Tamela Mann, released on Mann's own independent record label  Tillyman Music Group on 14th August  2012. The CD debuted at number fourteen on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart  and topped the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart, becoming Mann's highest charting album to date. "Take Me to the King" was original released on  12th June 12  2012 as the lead single from Mann's third studio album, “Best Day".

 At the 55th Grammy Awards Ceremony, the song received a Grammy   nomination for "Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance". The was  song also a huge commercial success, "Take Me to the King" topped the  US Billboard  Gospel Songs Chart for 19 consecutive weeks. Mann is the only black female so far in recent years to receive a gold plaque from RIAA for digital recording which has sold over half a million copies in America according to RIAA ,which is the new certification level for digital singles established by RIAA. 

Key Significant Benchmarks in the African American Black Music industry (Part 6).

The CD "Best Day" features the  gold certified
digital single
 "Take Me To The King"

Tamela  Mann was born on 6th June 1966, she is both a gospel recording artist and also actress, best known for her roles in several Tyler Perry films such as “ Dairy of the Mad Black Woman”, “I Can Do Dad All By Myself”, “Meet the Browns” and the list goes on. At one time she was a member of Kirk Franklin and The Family group during the early 1990s. That was the time she started her career as a gospel artist. Mann was a featuredsoloist on several tracks while with Franklin's group, including "Don't Take Your Joy Away" ,  "Now Behold the Lamb" and also “Lean On Me”
She started her solo career in 2005 with the debut album “Gotta Keep Movin’ “. Mann went on to released her second album in 2009 entitled “The Master Plan”, which charted at number-two on the Billboard Top Gospel albums Chart that year.
This is a quote from her website stating the success of her recent studio album “Best Days”. DALLAS (5th August 2014) –Grammy Award and Nominee Tamela Mann and Gospel Icon Kirk Franklin have a lot to celebrate. The “Take Me To The King” digital single, written and produced by Franklin and recorded and performed by Tamela, has been RIAA Certified Gold, having sold more than 500,000 digital copies. Tillymann Music Group label head and Tamela’s manager and husband, David Mann, presented Tamela with her RIAA Certified Gold plaque during their Comedy and Concert event on Friday, 1st August   2014 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center in Victoria, Texas.
 She went on to say, “What an amazing surprise to be presented with my first RIAA Certified Gold plaque by my husband of 26 years,” said Tamela. “I thank God every day for my family, friends, music and the many blessings in my life. Kirk is a dear friend and an incredibly talented artist, writer and producer. I’m so grateful to him for penning such a powerful lyric and asking me to lend my voice to such an important message.”
“Take Me To The King” was also recently named one of the most performed songs on Gospel radio in 2013 during BMI’s 2014 Christian Music Awards held at BMI in Nashville, Tenn.

                                          Researched and compiled by               
                                          Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   

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