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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

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

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