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Mary Mary

One of the most commercially successful contemporary gospel acts of the 2000s, Mary Mary is the sisterly duo of Erica and Tina Atkins, who grew up in Inglewood, California in a family also comprised of five other sisters and a brother. The girls' parents were gospel singers, and before long the children were singing in their local church choir, eventually turning up on the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET. The siblings joined the Michael Matthews traveling gospel show Mama I'm Sorry in 1995, followed by a second Matthews production, Sneaky. Each sister subsequently toured as a backup singer for a variety of R&B acts. Meanwhile, they wrote contemporary gospel material with crossover appeal. A meeting with producer Warryn Campbell (who would eventually marry Erica) led to a song publishing deal, and "Dance," a song the sisters wrote and performed with Robin S., appeared on the soundtrack to Dr. Doolittle in 1998. Later that year, "Let Go, Let God" was used on The Prince of Egypt -- Inspirational, and their songs were also recorded by 702 and Yolanda Adams. Mary Mary then signed as a recording act to Columbia/C2 Records and released the debut single "Shackles (Praise You)," a Top Ten R&B and Top 40 Hot 100 hit that was followed by the album Thankful in May 2000. Thankful was a huge success with Christian audiences, offering a younger, hipper version of gospel that audiences could relate to. Two years later, the duo released Incredible, an album whose material was largely written by the sisters themselves. Both Erica and Tina became mothers before their self-titled album appeared in 2005. It was the duo's first album to enter the Top Ten of the Billboard 200 chart. The Sound, released in 2008, performed even better; it debuted at number seven and was Mary Mary's most crossover-savvy album yet, benefiting from Campbell's role as the set's sole producer. Two singles, "Get Up" and "God in Me," topped the Dance Music/Club Play chart, while the latter also hit number one on the Hot Gospel Songs chart. Something Big, featuring productions from Campbell and a handful of fellow collaborators, was issued in 2011. The next year, they starred in a We channel reality series, Go Get It, and released a soundtrack -- featuring old and new material -- that May. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Stations Featuring
Mary Mary

    Modern Gospel

    Modern Gospel
    20 songs

    Traditional Gospel

    Traditional Gospel
    17 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    4 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    2 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    4 songs

    Top Christian

    1 song


    1 song

Albums by
Mary Mary

Top Songs by
Mary Mary

  1.   Song
  2.   God in Me
  3.   Go Get It
  4.   Shackles (Praise You)
  5.   Survive
  6.   Walking
  7.   Thank You
  8.   Heaven
  9.   Yesterday
  10.   Get Up
  11.   Sunday Morning
  12.   Believer
  13.   The Real Party (Trevon's Birthday)
  14.   Something Big by The Maranatha! Singers
  15.   Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
  16.   Can't Give Up Now
  17.   In the Morning
  18.   One Minute
  19.   Ordinary People
  20.   The Sound
  21.   Wade in the Water
  22.   This Love
  23.   What Is This
  24.   Incredible
  25.   Love You That Much
  26.   What a Friend
  27.   Speak to Me
  28.   Stand Still
  29.   Somebody
  30.   Merry Little Christmas
  31.   The Real Thing
  32.   California Christmas
  33.   Carol of the Bells
  34.   I Sings
  35.   Dirt
  36.   Biggest, Greatest Thing
  37.   It Ain't Over by Cece Winans
  38.   Seattle
  39.   He Said
  40.   Superfriend
  41.   I'm Running
  42.   Boom
  43.   So Close
  44.   In the Morning
  45.   Slow Walk
  46.   Never Wave My Flag
  47.   Blind
  48.   Are You Ready
  49.   I Worship You
  50.   Forgiven Me
  51.   Intro
  52.   Only One
  53.   'Tis the Season
  54.   And I
  55.   Save Me
  56.   Give It Up Let It Go
  57.   You Will Know
  58.   God Has Smiled On Me
  59.   Put a Little Love in Your Heart
  60.   Still My Child
  61.   Be Happy
  62.   Thankful
  63.   Joy
  64.   I Got It
  65.   Good to Me
  66.   We Shall Not Be Moved
  67.   Something Bigger
  68.   Sitting with Me
  69.   It Is Well
  70.   Homecoming Glory
  71.   Catch Me
  72.   Call Him Jesus
  73.   Still the Lamb
  74.   O Come All Ye Faithful
  75.   [Untitled Hidden Track]
  76.   Trouble Ain't
  77.   Dance Dance Dance
  78.   God Bless
  79.   Little Girl
  80.   Hold On
  81.   It Will All Be Worth It
  82.   I Try

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