Tamela Mann's R&B Contemporaries

These stars have more in common than you think.

Tamela Mann - Tamela Mann is not only a hilarious comedic actress who has starred in several Tyler Perry projects, she's also a powerhouse songstress. Her lush soprano voice has made her one of the most beloved award-winning singers in gospel music. Here's a peek at a few R&B artists whose styles are reminiscent of Mann's musical gifts.  (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl)

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Tamela Mann - Tamela Mann is not only a hilarious comedic actress who has starred in several Tyler Perry projects, she's also a powerhouse songstress. Her lush soprano voice has made her one of the most beloved award-winning singers in gospel music. Here's a peek at a few R&B artists whose styles are reminiscent of Mann's musical gifts. (Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Super Bowl)

'Whole Damn Year' - On the subject of amour, Mary rides a steady snare and lilting piano while melodically discussing the time in which it took her to overcome a breakup.   (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize Concert)

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Mary J. Blige - Mary J. Blige has been on the scene for 25 years, and like Mann, she's collected many awards for her musical contributions. Another strong commonality between the two singers is their dramatic live performance styles. These ladies don't just sing; they emote their songs to new musical heights. (Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images for Nobel Peace Prize Concert)

Pieces Of A Hit - By June 14, 2011, Ledisi?s sixth studio album Pieces of Me was released. It was the biggest selling release in the songtress? musical catalog. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 chart and it sold 38,000 in its first week.  (Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET)

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Ledisi - Ledisi is a versatile singer whose vocal stylings span soul, jazz, neo-soul, R&B and gospel. What she shares in common with gospel kindred spirit Mann is her vibrant and rich soprano voice. The two women's powerful singing uplifts and ignites every recording they share with audiences. (Photo: Kris Connor/Getty Images for BET)

India.Arie - India.Arie's neo-soul sound and afrocentric style made music pay attention and listen closely. Going against the grain with a sweet voice that meshes well with anything describes Miss Arie to a T! Here are a few gospel artists whose sound has the same effect. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

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India.Arie - Singer songwriter India.Arie's earthy and folk-inspired songs have endeared the singer to her legions of fans. Writing hit songs like "Video" and "I Am Not My Hair" has showed Arie's musical versatility through five studio albums. She and singer-songwriter Mann continue to redefine themselves as trailblazers in their genres. (Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

Jennifer Hudson - When Jennifer Hudson hits a performance stage she usually electrifies, much like how Tasha Cobbs electrifies whenever she sings out.  (Photo: Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)

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Jennifer Hudson - Being a double threat has come easy for Jennifer Hudson. She began in music as an American Idol runner up and then later, she became an actress, starring in the 2006 film Dreamgirls, which earned her an Oscar. She's a kindred spirit to Mann, who has made a second career for herself on the big and small screen by starring in Madea Goes to Jail, Meet the Browns and House of Payne. (Photo: Ethan Miller/BET/Getty Images for BET)

Judith Hill - Judith Hill is known today for appearing in the Oscar-winning film 20 Feet From Stardom and becoming a popular finalist on NBC's hit music competiton show, The Voice. But her initial claim to fame was as a background singer for King of Pop Michael Jackson for his This Is It tour and movie. Likewise, Mann got her start in music as a backing vocalist in Kirk Franklin and The Family.  (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for BFCA)

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Judith Hill - Judith Hill is known today for appearing in the Oscar-winning film 20 Feet From Stardom and becoming a popular finalist on NBC's hit music competiton show, The Voice. But her initial claim to fame was as a background singer for King of Pop Michael Jackson for his This Is It tour and movie. Likewise, Mann got her start in music as a backing vocalist in Kirk Franklin and The Family. (Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for BFCA)