Music News: Tamela Mann Takes Home Six Awards Including Female Vocalist and Artist of The Year Honors at The 32nd Annual Gospel Music Stellar Awards

Platinum Recording Artist Tamela Mann received six Gospel Music Stellar Awards including the statue for Artist of The Year at last weekend's Gospel Music Stellar Awards presented at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV. She performed her No. 1 Gospel radio single and this year's Stellar Award winning Urban Inspirational Single/Performance of The Year, "God Provides," and performed "My World Needs You" with music hit maker Kirk Franklin on the show.

"I am honored and humbled to be recognized by the Gospel Music Stellar Awards this year with these awards," said Tamela. "Thank you to Don Jackson, Erma Gray Davis, Central City Productions and SAGMA for their continued support. And many thanks to my peers and the fans for voting for me."

In addition to winning Artist of The Year, Tamela took home awards for Albertina Walker Female Vocalist of The Year, Producer of The Year (One Way), Traditional Female Vocalist of The Year, Traditional CD of The Year (One Way), and Urban Inspirational Single/Performance of The Year ("God Provides").

On the heels of Stellar Awards weekend, Tamela is releasing her new single, "Change Me" to Gospel radio this week. The single release follows a string of No. 1 tracks, including her most recent chart-topper, "God Provides." Tamela set a historic personal and industry record as the first Gospel lead artist in Billboard Gospel radio chart history to score three consecutive No. 1's from an album. The run of hits includes "Take Me To The King," "I Can Only Imagine," and "This Place" from her previous No. 1 album, Best Days.

David and Tamela Mann take over Tuesday nights! The Manns are back for a new season of Mann and Wife on Bounce TV, Tuesday nights starting tonight 9/8c, with back-to-back episodes. If fans want more of David, Tamela, and the rest of the Mann family's comedic situations, they can see them on TV One starting April 4 at 8/7c for an entire hour of hilarity on their upcoming docu-series The Manns.

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#GiftGrown: GFM’s Certified Holiday Gift Giving Guide 2016


Hey Growns, we are back with a list of artists who released albums THIS YEAR (2016) to let you know where to lay to ears and spend your grown currency. Did you know that new music, new GROWN FOLKS Music abounds? We're here to put you up on game. Don't get disgusted. Get Grown. Gift Grown!

In addition, this year Grown Folks Music had the pleasure of speaking with some of the artists on this list. (Check out our interviews).

*The GFM Disclaimer: this list is NOT all inclusive. We know there's some artists/albums we've missed. This list is just to guide you in the right direction as you consider giving the gift of music to someone or even yourself this Christmas.

Dave Hollister The MANuscript


Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart


After 7 Timeless


Eric Roberson and Phonte Tigallerro


Keith Sweat Dress To Impress


Chrisette Michele Milestone


Fantasia The Definition Of...


Musiq Soulchild Life On Earth


Anthony Hamilton What I'm Feelin'


Frank McComb Soulmate: Another Love Story


Timothy Bloom The Beginning EP


Bruno Mars 24K Magic


Anthony David The Powerful Now


SWV Still


Silk Quiet Storm


Sebastian Kole Soup


Jaheim Struggle Love


Eric Benet Eric Benet


Yuna Chapters




Incognito In Search Of Better Days


Nathan Sykes Unfinished Business


Regina Belle The Day Life Began


Keke Wyatt Rated Love


Solange A Seat At The Table


Beyonce Lemonade


Rihanna Anti


Jojo Mad Love


Tank Sex Love & Pain II


Kenny Lattimore A Kenny Lattimore Christmas


BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind


Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love


K. Michelle More Issues Than Vogue


Common Black America Again


Zo! Skybreak


Tamela Mann One Way


Micah Stampley To The King... Vertical Worship


Mawwell blackSUMMERS'night


Corrine Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers


Trevor Wesley Chivalry Is Dead


Panic At The Disco Death Of A Bachelor


Childish Gambino Awaken, My Love


A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here... Thank You For Your Service

J. Cole 4 Your Eyez Only

John Legend Darkness And Light
Jacob Collier In My Room 

Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley

De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

Usher Hard II Love

Tweet Charlene
Ro James Eldorado
Esperanza Spaulding Emily's D + Evolution

GFM Spotlight Interview: Tamela Mann Talks One Way, Working with Timbaland and Bridging the Gap in Gospel Music



Grown Folks Music had the pleasure of speaking with Tamela Mann about her new number one gospel album, One Way, working with a variety of producers, including Timbaland, to create a diverse album that could reach a wide range of listeners, and her much talked about style. Read below and enjoy.

GFM: You have the number one gospel album on the Billboard chart right now. Could you have ever in your wildest dreams imagined how successful your music career is going right now?

TM: No ma'am. I couldn't imagine it. No. Honestly, no. There's no words to express, [or] I can think of to just say I'm in awe. I really am, and I'm just grateful for the opportunity to just be in people's cars and homes and them listening to me at work. I'm just really excited to just bring some joy. I really am.

GFM: What's the most powerful testimony that has come back to you about your music?

TM: The most powerful testimony for this album, One Way, [is] I was checking in in Atlanta and there was an older gentleman. He was like, "This is a good one, Sister." He said, "This "God Provides" is really good for me." Then, my daughter called me from work and a couple of people had been fired from the job. They were just like, "This song "God Provides" has really been helping with our situation." They didn't even know that my daughter worked there and they didn't know that I was her mom. She said, "Mom, I just want you know that everybody's listening and they're loving the album."  There's so many [stories] coming through. Those are just things that I've heard this week. I'm in amazement and I'm just really thankful, because that's my desire-- that the music really helps somebody through whatever situation that they're in... help them get through it.

GFM: Let's talk about the album. It's no surprise to me that Kirk Franklin is working on this album, but I was surprised to see Timbaland's name. How did that collaboration come about?

TM: We did a favor for a favor. A few years ago, I did something for him and he was supposed do it for the last album, Best Days, but our time conflicted and we couldn't get our schedules together.  So, for this album, One Way, we had a song that was submitted and my son said, "Mom, I think this would be the perfect song for Tim to be a part of." We sent him the scratch track. He heard it and said, "Yes. I'm on board." I went to Virginia and hung out with him in his studio for a couple of days.  To actually see him at work-- I've heard some of his work that he's done-- but to see him do the sounds with his mouth and then to come out and get on the machine and make the beats was incredible. For us to come from two different paths I think we put a great piece of music together. That's how that came about.

GFM: In listening to the album I hear some differently flavors musically. I hear rock on [the single] "One Way", and a Latin influence on "That's What He Did". Who is responsible for that-- for the diversity in sound that you hear on the album?

TM: My thing was to be able to reach all age groups-- young, old, middle-aged-- everybody. My son, David Jr., helped to produce. This became a family affair. I had Eric Dawkins produce for me. I had different producers this time. [I had] Myron Butler, which is my main producer that's been with me since the beginning, but how it all came about is we were just trying to reach everybody-- every race and every age group. So, I was being stretched. I was trying to use my artistry and not wanting to be put in a box, but hoping that everybody could hear me in a different light. That's kind of why we stretched ourselves to just give some variety on the album. It's not just [for] African American or black people, it's for everybody because when I have my concerts, we have all different races in the audience. We wanted praise and worship, we wanted traditional, we wanted some urban. Again, [we wanted] something for everyone.

GFM: Talk about the importance of bridging the gap-- especially in gospel music.

TM: I think it's important because we're spreading the good news which is the gospel. We're sent with a message of hope and inspiration and to talk about our savior Jesus Christ. My main message is to be able to win and encourage as many people as I can for the kingdom of God. I think we need it. We have everything going on in the world and a lot of people feel there's not any love in the air and there's no hope. But, we have to still put out music spreading the gospel and the good news that there is still hope. It's not over. It's not the end. We just have to keep the faith and keep doing what we're doing. That's why I feel like it's so important that I come in diversity so we'll be able to catch the ear of everybody. I don't want just one particular race. I want everybody. [I want] to be able to reach everybody... to be able to get that message out. Even with some of the beats-- the beats are a little different for me-- like you were saying about "One Way". Yes, it's kind of rock... my Tina Turner-like sound, but when I'm in concert I have to have something for the young people in order to keep them engaged and to stay relevant in the nation so we can we can keep everybody's attention [and let them know that] we have a word here. We have some good news to spread.  Hear our good news.

GFM: How are you balancing your music career with your acting career? You've got three TV shows.

TM: With the music and the shows I plan it out. But, when you say balance, I don't balance anything with my family because when you balance something it gives it the same weight. So, what happens is I schedule. When I'm going to be doing one particular show, I block out time for that show, so I can concentrate and give each project 100 percent. [I do that] even when it comes to the music. But, when we were doing the reality show it kind of ran together because we were doing day-to-day things. It being reality [TV], that was a part of it. But, when I'm being mom I want to be mom, granny and wife. So, I just concentrate and make sure that my family has my attention.

GFM: It's gonna seem frivolous to some, but I cannot let you go without talking about how much your style and your hair inspires women. How rich would you be if you had a dollar for every time someone mentioned your hair?

TM: [Laughs] I don't know, I'm just trying to represent for us thick girls-- that we can look nice and be well  put together just like the little women. We can look like a size 4 in our size 24. We can still look nice, presentable, elegant and funky. All of those things... classy... I just want to be an example for women that we can do it too. I change up my hair to keep the spice in my relationship-- in my marriage. It's been 28 years so I want to give him a new lady every now and then [laughs]. I switch it up. We have fun with it. David is really involved in everything when it comes to wardrobe [and] with the music. We're in each other's lives and in each other's faces 24/7. It just became a part of us that we're both a part of each other's world and we enjoy it. But, to hear everybody mention my hair is funny and my stylist laughs because I'm like, 'Karla Langs'. My whole glam group-- I have several people that I work with that help me stay together--we collaborate. [I have] my daughter-in-law Chantal, Maria Harper, Chastity, who is here in Fort Worth that helps me and Ms. Melissa Amos who is here in Fort Worth that helps me. They're all different age groups. I get a point a view from each different person, so we're kind of well rounded. I just thought I'd throw that in there [laughs].

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Now Playing: Tamela Mann: "God Provides"


Please check out "God Provides", the annointed second single from Tamela Mann's forthcoming new album, One Way. "God Provides" is written by Kirk Franklin, who also wrote and produced Mann's hit song, "Take Me To The King". About the song Mann says, "Kirk told me that as he was thinking about writing a song for my album and began to pray, 'Lord, I'm not writing for Tam. I'm just going to write a song. Lord just give me a song,'" Mann relates. "So one night he was thinking about life like all of us do. He said as he was asleep the Lord woke him up and said, 'God provides.' He said he ran to the piano and words just kept coming to him. That's the night 'God Provides' was born."

Music Video: Tamela Mann: "Take Me To The King" (Live)

Tamela Mann has finally released a video for her truth telling, Grammy-nominated anthem, "Take Me To The King" The video features Tamela's powerhouse live performance of "Take Me To The King," which moved the audience to worship along with Tamela on the 2013 Stellar Gospel Music Awards. And, she looks stunning, to boot. Enjoy.

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New Releases This Week: August 28

Check out some of the new music released this week:

Beautiful Surprise

Tamia: Beautiful Surprise

Get it at iTunes

Greater Than One

Dwele: Greater Than One

Get it at iTunes

Live In Concert CD+DVD

The O'Jays: Live In Concert

Get it at iTunes

Created4This (Deluxe)

VaShawn Mitchell: Created 4 This

Get it at iTunes

Also recently released:

Best Days

Tamela Mann: Best Days

Get it at iTunes



New Music: Tamela Mann: "Take Me To The King"

Check out "Take Me To The King", the new song by Tamela Mann written and produced by Kirk Franklin for her forthcoming new album. This song in one word: honest. Hope you enjoy.

Source: The Gospel Guru

BBD performing in Atlanta at V-103's For Sister's Only 20th anniversary.

[Pictures] BBD, Johnny Gill, Tyrese & More at Atlanta's V-103's For Sisters Only 20 Year Anniversary

Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie DeVoe of BBD

Performance pictures: Hope West/Additional event pictures: Kimberly Charles

Hola my GFM family!!!

Last week, our team got a chance to check out Atlanta' V-103's For Sisters Only for their 20 year anniversary. Bring a number of big names like Cee-Lo, Tyrese, Marsha Ambrosius, Monica, Melanie Fiona, Eric Roberson, Kindred the Family Soul, Johnny Gill, BBD and much more, we were exhausted from all the excitement. If you missed this milestone event or just want to relive it again, here are some great pics taken from that experience.

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