Tamela Mann often sings with the Christian music star Kirk Franklin
in his group Kirk Franklin and the Family. Franklin wrote this song for her, and is thrilled with the result, telling us the song is "divinely inspired by Heaven." According to Franklin, Mann asked him to write a song for her that would get her more exposure, and while Franklin isn't comfortable writing songs for radio play, "Take Me To The King" became very popular and was also a very meaningful song. Said Franklin, "I was working on a lot of other projects and did have time to really take with the song. I just remembered going, God, I really want a song for her. Can you really speak something? I had some old ideas on a tape, and I did some working on the song till 1 or 2 o'clock in the morning, which is not a very good thing to do. But I had to do it because I promised her that she and I could get together the very next day. And I didn't want to break the promise. Because I knew if I broke the promise, it was going to hurt her feelings. I've got to be a man of my word, and I just have to trust I'll be giving you something.
I know that it was a God moment, but those moments are also a bit scary for me, because I'm like, Okay, Lord, don't let me get caught up in this moment and think that I can do this on my own next time. It's just a really weird dichotomy."