Monday Melody – Take Me To The King

I know I must sound like a stuck record, but I so value the friendships God has given me.  I spent time on Saturday with an older sister in the Lord and had a blast.  Last weekend I hung out in Houston with two very dear friends, one I’ve known from childhood. 

Don’t take your friendships for granted, guys!  They are a blessing straight from God’s hand to your heart.
Song/Album:  “Take Me To The King” by Tamela Mann on the album Best Days.
Why it made the cut:   This song is the business!  When I heard it first on the radio, I thought:  “Who’s been reading my prayer journal?”  

As much as it is a praise anthem, “Take Me To The King” resonates because the words reflect the world-weariness of believers longing for a touch from heaven.  These lyrics are drenched with authenticity.  They hold up a mirror to how we as Christians often feel but don’t admit out of fear of not living up to the hype of being “too blessed to be stressed.”   

No wonder this song debuted at #1 on the Billboard Gospel charts!  Bravo to Best Days producers Kirk Franklin and Myron Butler.

Tamela Mann holds it down as only she can on this song, written and produced by Kirk Franklin.  Her soaring soprano is spot on, filled with emotions that convey the pain of life’s journey, along with the confidence of knowing Who, in all His majesty, can bring healing to our souls.


Artist:  Tamela Mann began her music journey as the youngest of 14 siblings in Fort Worth, TX, singing in her church’s choir as a child and blossoming into a soloist in her teens.

She and her husband David Mann were among the first to join a then unknown Kirk Franklin to form Kirk Franklin and the Family.   Tamela would go on to sing on five of Franklin’s albums over almost a decade, soloing on hits such as “Now Behold the Lamb” and “Lean on Me.”

Tamela then segued into an acting career, performing in many of  Tyler Perry’s plays and movies. She and husband David are now the stars of Perry’s TBS series “Meet the Browns.”  She recently was seen in the remake of the 1976 movie “Sparkle.”

The mother of four and grandmother of seven says that music, not acting, is her first love.  “I want to present music that people can be blessed by and that can be healing,” she says of Best Days.

Favorite lyrics:
No rules, no religion
I’ve made my decision
To run to You
The Healer that I need
Sweet spots: First, the bridge, beginning at 3:41; then the piercing ending, beginning at 4:36.  Priceless!

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