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

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