By the time Tamela was 12, she was in the singing choir at church. Shortly after high school, her pal Kirk Franklin recruited her, and her best friend, David Mann, to be part of his groundbreaking group, The Family. Tamela sang on five of Franklinís albums and went on to become a successful solo recording artist and songwriter. She and her husband started TillyMann, Inc as a home for her music and recordings.