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Mary Mary

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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

    Christian

    1 song

Albums by
Mary Mary

Top Songs by
Mary Mary

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

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