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

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