|Mary Mary 2015 and Mary Mary in the early 2000's|
|(source) Mary Mary in their early days|
|(source) BET Mary Mary 2000- 2010|
|(source) BET The Red Mary - Tina with her sister Erica|
|Source - BET Mary Mary in the late 2000s|
Mary Mary's Erica and Tina Atkins-Campbell First Single
They sisters became widely known from their popular song Shackles/Praise You, which is considered one of the pioneering songs of urban contemporary gospel music and of course one of my favorite singles.
In the U.K. Mary Mary is considered a one hit wonder, because the single Shackles/Praise You is the only single that was successful in the U.K.
Mary Mary's Real Names and Birthday's
|source - BET Mary Mary at the Grammy's|
Where did Gospel Singers Mary Mary Grow Up
Mary Mary grew up in Inglewood, California.
|source - Mary Mary grew up in Inglewood, California|
It's interesting when the sisters say they were not allowed to listen to anything other than gospel music in their house, because their music is a mixture of urban, R&B, and Gospel. However, outside of their home, the sisters say they were heavily influenced by popular music like hip-hop and R&B.
Each sister also, admitted they have actually toured as backup singers for a variety of R&B acts including R&B singer Brandy from BET'S The Game television show. This was way before we knew them as gospel artists Mary Mary. That also explains why Brandy was a bridesmaid in Erica and Warryn's wedding.
Erica and Tina Campbell also went to college.
They attended at El Camino College to study voice.
|Source - Kontrol Mag Online|
We had to study classical and sing arias, which was fine, but the teachers would tell us if we sang anything else it would damage our instrument. We were divided between academic music studies and the popular musical world.
Mary Mary Parents Were In A Gospel Group Too
Tina and Erica's parents were gospel singers too. Their parents are Thomasina, an evangelist and choir director at the Evangelistic Church of God in Christ and Eddie (now deceased) a youth minister.
Mary Mary's Siblings
Tina and Erica grew up closer to one another than to any of their seven siblings. Here's the order from oldest sibling to youngest sibling the Atkins children include Darrel (1965 - he is the only living boy, the 2nd son died in childhood), Maliea (1967), Erica, Tina, Delisa (1978), Thomasina (1979), Alana (1985), and Shanta (1987). Thomasina and Alana sometimes sing back up for their older sisters Tina and Erica.
Mary Mary Gets Their Breaks With Bobby Jones Gospel
Mary Mary, Warryn Campbell, and Movies
The sisters had a meeting with a producer by the name of Warryn Campbell and he help lead them to a publishing deal with EMI music.
Before signing a song publishing deal with Warryn Campbell, who would eventually marry Erica Atkins-Campbell, The sisters also devoted their time to gospel traveling shows and writing gospel music.
I had never heard of this song before so I had to listen on Youtube), several of their songs they wrote were recorded by R&B group 702, and they also wrote on Yolanda Adams CD Mountain High...Valley Low.
After, being on the Bobby Jones Gospel show on BET, in 1995 Erica and Tina Atkins joined the Michael Matthews traveling Gospel Show and did the musical Mama I'm Sorry.
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How did Mary Mary Get Their Name
After, much writing success Mary Mary was signed to Columbia Records/C2 Records and decided to perform under the name Mary Mary.
They believe they were honoring the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. They became notice for the first gospel act to record for the industry giant Columbia Records since Tramaine Hawkins in the mid 1990s. Their first sing Shackles/Praise You became a popular hit for gospel, R&B, and pop audiences.
It's Like Going To School and Graduating with M.D. Behind Your Name
|Source - BET Mary Mary|
Over the next ten plus years, Mary Mary would continue to make more music, more albums, and continue to climb the charts. Their very first single Shackles in 2000, really helped to make Mary Mary a household name and this single is their most successful single to date.
In Spring of 2009 their God In Me single, was a huge single too, but not as big when compared with the single Shackles/Praise You.
Gospel Artists Mary Mary Say, They Have a Wide Spectrum of Secular Artists They Would Like to collaborate With...
|Source/Fox Awards - Mary Mary 2000s|
In an interview with BV News Wire,
I don't know how the traditional Mary Mary fan would feel, but it's about their art. I'm not checking on them, because of the God they believe in; I'm just looking at what they do, and do it well, says Erica.
They continue to say:
It's always really cool to see a tweet from Missy Elliott or to see Sherri Shepherd say something about a Mary Mary song. It's always really cool. As gospel artists, for us, we feel like our music is more than just Sunday Morning, and it's more than just the church and gospels station. It is for the world. It's every day, all day, everywhere and for everybody.
When I start my day off with prayer, I'm able to get through the insanity. I'm at peace and I feel like I grow in wisdom and understanding. That's major. I don't care if you have all the money or no money. I don't care if you're happily married or have been divorced 40 times. Everything is better when God is a part of it. That's what we want to tell everybody.
We want to do everything bigger and better and broader and change the way people look at God. God has been misrepresented in a lot of capacities and we are just trying to represent him in a more excellent way, so that people respect the God in us.
How Many Kids Does Those Sister's Mary Mary Have
Well, when God told Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply, I guess he was giving sisters Erica and Tina the same message. Together they have eight children.
Tina and Teddy Children
|Source/Stellar Awards Tina Atkins -Campbell with her husband Teddy Campbell|
Tina Atkins married David Letterman's drummer Teddy Campbell from Chicago in August 2000.
Their daughters are Laiah Simone Campbell (2003), Meela Jane (2007), Theodore, and Santana. Tina makes known on the her television show Mary Mary how much she loves her kids, even though she might not be there all the time.
Erica and Warryn Children
|Mary Mary's Erica Atkins Campbell with family (source - lipstick alley)|
|Source/Grammy Awards Erica Atkins Campbell with husband Warryn Campbell|
Erica married Mary Mary's record producer Warryn Campbell on May 26, 2001. They have 3 children togther. Two girls and one boy. Daughter Krista Nicole (2004), Warryn III, and Zaya Monique.
Pictures of Mary Mary in 2000s
|source Detroit Gospel - Mary Mary @ the 2006 Stellar Awards|
|source Key Word Picture - Mary Mary in the 2000s|
|Source Zimbo - Erica Atkins Campbell and husband Warryn Campbell int he 2000s|
|Source Zimbio - Joyful Noise World Premiere Tina Atkins Campbell with her Erica Atkins Campbell|
WETV Mary Mary
I was very surprised to learn before the television show Mary Mary aired on WETV , Tina was against the idea of doing a reality show. She says it was actually pitched to her and Erica for about 3 years, before they decided to do it.
She battled with a lot of things before committing to the show, but living her life out loud, because of the opinions of other people was major.
She admitted that she didn't know how inspiration she was behind the scenes, but she finally realized that the group does have something to offer in terms of the inspiration in their lives. Being happily married for more than 10 years, but not perfect all the time and having multiple children, plus they both are sisters seemed to shine some light as to the many reasons why she decided to do the show. Read full story at Mused Mag Online
I just want to thank everyone for participating in putting this article together.
- Mary Mary's Official Site - Twitter Twits, Concert Dates, Blog, Music/Albums
- I Heart Radio - Go Get Get It (2012), Something Big (2011), The Sound ( 2008), are just a few of their albums released over the last couple of years
- Zimbio - Mary Mary says they reached out to Chris Brown for a possible remix to their single Walking, but they reconsidered. Find out why?
- JET Magazine - I just want to take a nap, Erica tells JET Magazine
- Elev8 - Teddy Campbell Admits Sexual Struggles & the episode clip that showed trouble
- Elev8 - Mary Mary's manager who has been with them since 2011 is fired by the sisters. He says he was publicly fired on the television show Mary Mary after obtaining $3 million in various deals
- Queen Castle - Missed the First Season of Mary Mary, catch up
- Gospel City - Mary Mary used to sing back up for R&B Singer Brandy from the sitcom Moesha. Erica also put her in wedding as a bridesmaid
- FAB Magazine Online - Fab Hearts Tina Atkins Campbell of Mary Mary Tells of her husband infidelity and the way out.
- Gospel Music Evolution - Evolution of Mary Mary
- Mary Mary is schedule for their 3rd season February 27, 2014 on WETV
- Goo-Goo Mary Mary's younger sister, takes the credit for styling her sisters
- Will you support Erica Campbell's solo career? Her first single is called A Little More Jesus
- Did Mary Mary's Tina Campbell really cheat on her? Yes, read what GOTBOC Magazine thinks about it
|source via FB Mary Mary taken Deceber 2013|