Meet Mary Mary's Tina and Erica Campbell and Learn About Their Livesfrom Beginning to Present

I would love to meet Mary Mary's Tina and Erica Campbell someday, but until then I'll share with you what I have learned about their lives from the beginning all the way to present day.

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Mary Mary 2015 and Mary Mary in the early 2000's
I remember driving in my car and I must have been like 18 years old, but I was bumping me some Mary Mary.  I purchased their first CD, which was Thankful and my two favorite songs on the CD was Shackles and the song with Destiny's Child called Good to Me.  And if you were into R&B in the early 2000s, Destiny's Child was really hott and it was nice to hear them singing something else other than about men.  


(source) Mary Mary in their early days
Moving on to 2012 I had not realize how many CD's Mary Mary had produced until I heard a lot of their songs on their reality show on WETV.  I really really fell in love with the sisters on their WETV show Mary Mary.  And I don't think anyone was expecting them to be so humble and down to earth, but they really are.

During many of the episodes, I would hear some of the their songs playing like Heaven, Believer, and Greatest Thing.  Come to find out they have nine albums.  Wow!


So, as you can imagine I wanted to go buy all nine albums, but you know now a days that's $10.00 an album.  Ummmm yeah....I guess I'll have to budget my way to get them all.  Oh, and did I mention the sisters have solo albums now, but I promise their music is worth the investment.   



(source) BET Mary Mary 2000- 2010


(source) BET The Red Mary - Tina with her sister Erica
Their reality show to me, gives a lot of insight on Tina and Erica Campbell as mothers, sisters, and wives, but I found so much more information on them.  You know I love the fact that they came from a family of nine, I found it be very interesting that they used to sing as backup R&B singers and now they are gospel artists, and I just love their entire story, because it is so inspiring.

Source - BET Mary Mary in the late 2000s
So, I hope you enjoy meeting Mary Mary's Tina and Erica Campbell, and also their husbands, kids, and some of their history from the very beginning up until present.

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
Mary Mary is a two-time Grammy Award winning Platinum American gospel music duo.  They are sisters in real life and their real names are Erica Monique Atkins-Campbell and Trecina "Tina" Evette Atkins-Campbell.  Both sisters are married and both of their husbands have the same last name, (pretty neat right!)  Erica Atkins-Campbell was born April 29, 1972, making her the older sister and Tina Atkins-Campbell was born May 1, 1974 making her the youngest out of the group duo.  

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.
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
Bobby Jones Gospel is a show on BET that still airs to this day and the show has many gospel entertainers and newly gospel artist, who sing gospel music.  Mary Mary would eventually get their opportunity on the show, which would lead to the big break in their careers.

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.

 A series of songs they wrote landed them on soundtracks like Dance for the 1998 film Dr. Doolittle, Let Go, Let God for the Prince of Egypt film ( 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
When Mary Mary's Erica and Tina received their first break in 1998 on the Prince of Egypt soundtrack, they earned immediate success with their platinum debut album Thankful in 2000.  This success earned them numerous awards including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel Album. 

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
Early in their career Mary Mary stated they listened to gospel artists like the The Clark Sisters, Commissioned, The Winans, Shirley Caesar, John P, Kee, Milton Brunson, and Hezekiah Walker, but they say they would also like to collaborate with Arentha Franklin, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and Jay-Z.

In an interview with BV News Wire,
Erica says
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.

Tina says, 
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 and Teddy Campbell have 5 children. They have two girls and two boys together and Teddy has a daughter born in 1993 from his ex girlfriend.

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.

Tina says
 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

Conclusion
I just want to thank everyone for participating in putting this article together. 

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source via FB Mary Mary taken Deceber 2013



Bella Weems, The 14 Year Old To Start Her Own Million Dollar Business

Isabella "Bella" Weems
I can't say when I was 16 years old, I was thinking about being a young entrepreneur.  My goal at that time was focusing on my high school graduation and taking care of my little brother and sister.  And to even imagine getting a car was a far fetch dream, but I wish it wasn't.

Bella now a 17 year old teen girl entrepreneur, who really inspired me has her own business that makes millions of dollars a year in the jewelry department.  For a 17 year old girl to make that much money a year is very inspiring, because we all want to know how did she do it, but I was also inspired by the way she was able to give her family members jobs.  I think everyone always puts the blame on the economy and it's an easy answer out, but Bella is putting people to work.   From her story I read on Yahoo, she was able to hire her mom, 2 uncles, an aunt, and other people like someone for the technical things (IT) and marketing.  And to add to that, she is able to work with big name companies like Ultra Beauty. 

I believe Bella's story tells us that as adults if we don't live the life we want than we have a second chance through our kids.  I'm sure neither Bella or her parents believe she would be a millionaire from just trying to make some money on the side for her car for her birthday, but now that she has, her millions are their millions too.

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 When I see happy married or dating couples in public I find myself going into a daze or starring off into space wondering how do they do it?  Many of you probably reading this have been married for years like myself or maybe you have been in a long-term relationship for a while now.  Whatever your situation may be, I'm sure we are all at a common ground to learn how to keep the fun in our marriage.

Very Shocked To Hear Mary Mary Will Be Continuing Season 3 of Their Reality Show on WETV

As we know Mary Mary's Tina and her husband Teddy went through a major ordeal earlier this year.  The CHEATING of course, is what I am talking about, but it looks like things are good for the married couple.  
I was very shocked to hear Mary Mary will be continuing season 3 of their reality show on WETV Mary Mary.  My surprise shockery came when Tina Campbell told us back in June after the interview with Ebony Magazine that her husband Teddy cheated on her.

Tamela Mann' s Hair and Makeup for the 2013 Dove Awards

Tamela Mann's hair and makeup for the 2013 Dove Awards was pretty as usually. 

Tamela Mann All Dolled Up For The 2013 Dove Awards.  Alright now Mrs. Mann...You better work it on out!
Earlier this year she stepped out at the 2013 BET Awards and her hair and makeup was just as flawless for the 2013 Dove Awards as it was the BET Awards.  It looks like she still keeps the same glam squad which is makeup artist Riska Crowder and hairstylist Karla Lang. 


Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann Celebrate Big Wins at 2013 Dove Awards

The Gospel Music Association (GMA) announced that Christian music superstars Amy Grant and Kirk Franklin will host the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards.

David and Tamela Mann on the red carpet at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee
Tamela Mann celebrates her two wins at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee
TobyMac, Tamela Mann, and David Mann pose backstage at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards on October 15, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee
Tasha Cobbs
Motown Gospel singer Tasha Cobbs won big at the 44th Annual GMA Dove Awards ceremony last night at Lipscomb University's Allen Arena in Nashville, TN.
Tasha Cobbs and Tamela Mann Celebrate Big Wins at 2013 Dove Awards

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The whole time this was happening to me I just kept thinking, why me?  Why did God allow cancer to hold me for ransom?  What am I suppose to be learning from all of this pain I am suffering from this disease?

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Joel Osteen: God Designed You To Withstand Any Storm

Pastor Joel Osteen talks about God Designed You To Withstand Any Storm and how God has created us to be a bounce back person.  Life is full of things that try to push us down.  We all face disappointment and setbacks.

Weeping May Endure For A Night, But You Know That Joy Comes In The Morning
Psalms 30:5

It's easy to get discourage and lose our enthusiasm and too often we just settle where we are.  But if we are going to see God's best we have to have this bounce back mentality.  That means when you get knocked down, you don't stay down, you get back up again.  It means when disappointments come or things don't go your way, you don't have a pity party and think life is just not fair.  No, you shake it off, knowing what was meant for your harm, God is going to use it for your good.

When you are a bounce back person you know that every adversary, every setback is not permanent.  It's not going to last forever, it's only temporary.  Weeping may endure for a night, but you know that joy comes in the morning.  So, you don't sit around complaining. 

He Promised To Pay You Double For Your Trouble
Isaiah 61:7
You know that God, is a God or restoration and that He promised to pay you back double for every unfair situation.  Instead of being discourage by the difficulty you are encourage by it, knowing you are going to get double for you trouble.  You are going to comeback better off than you were before.

What Is Your DNA Type, Pastor Joel Breaks It Down
I believe today I am looking at bounce back people.  You have the seed of  Almighty God.  The same power that raised Christ from the dead lives in the inside of you.  In your blood right now is the DNA of a winner.  The DNA of an over comer.  There is no challenge too difficult for you.  There is no obstacle to high to overcome.  No sickness, no disappointment, no hurricane, and no stock market can keep you from your God given destiny.

The enemy may have done his best, but his best will never be enough.  If you stay in faith, what was meant to stop you will not be a stumbling block, but rather a stepping stone so you can go to a higher level.
I want you to get your hopes up, you are not average, you are not ordinary, you are a child of the Most High God.  Life may have dealt you a tough blow and at time it seems like the wind has been taken out of ourselves, but the good news is, The Almighty God has put a bounce back in your spirit.  That's why when you are tempted to give up on your dreams, when you are tempted to just settle where you are, something down in here says no way, this is not who I am.  I was created to live in victory, I was created to overcome this sickness, I was created to rise above these problems.  Why is that?  It's in your DNA, you have the blood of a winner


When times get tough, you can't sit back and feel sorry for yourself.  You got to dig your heels in and have the attitude I might be knock down, but I didn't get knocked out and I recognize this setback is simply a setup for a greater comeback and it's just a matter time before I come back stronger, healthier, better than I was before.

Major points  To Know in Pastor Osteen sermon, Before You Watch The Video
  • You can withstand anything
  • He promised to pay you double for your trouble
  • Your DNA type
  • Palm tree analogy
  • Sand and Ocean analogy

Scriptures Pastor Joel Osteen asks you to focus on:
Psalms 92:12 (NIV) - The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon.
Jeremiah 5:22 (NIV) - "Should you fear me?"  Declares The Lord.  "Should you not tremble in my presence?"  "I made the sand a boundary for the sea, an everlasting barrier it cannot cross.  The waves may roll, but they cannot prevail, the may roar, but they cannot cross it."
Isaiah 59:19 (KJV) - So shall they fear the name of The Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun.  When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of The Lord shall lift up a standard against him.


In conclusion
I'm sure you are just like me.  You have had some tough storms in your life that just about took you out.  I'm sure you have been through some things that have literally made you want to lose your mind.  But at the end of it all you are better now then you were before. 
Being a Christian doesn't exempt you from the enemy.  As of matter of fact, I feel like he attacks us more, because of the lifestyle we are trying to live.  And as I was listening to Pastor Joel's sermon God Designed You To Withstand Any Storm, it really cheered me up.  It made me thankful, because everything that I have been through is not in vain.
I pray for you, you pray for me.  I pray to God that when the storms do come, that we don't stay down in them.  I pray that we learn to dust ourselves off and try again, no matter how many times that same storm comes stirring around.  God please give us the strength we need to withstand any storm that we may be in or that may be coming our way.  Please prepare me with peace, encouragement, and joy while going through the storm.  - In Jesus Name

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