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

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