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

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