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

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