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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
    16 songs

    R&B Holiday

    R&B Holiday
    4 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    4 songs

    '00s R&B

    2 songs

Albums by
Mary Mary

Top Songs by
Mary Mary

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

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