Friday, June 08, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Mary Mary
Gospel singing sisters Mary Mary have successfully crossed over to mainstream R & B. Erica & Tina Atkins are from Inglewood, CA and their mom is music director of the local church. After a stint with Bobby Jones & New Life, they met producer Warryn "Babydub" Campbell. He signed them to a songwriting contract and eventually would marry Erica. Their songs started turning up on other peoples records including the soundtrack to Doctor Doolittle. Yolanda Adams also had a big hit with their song Yeah. Campbell was in a meeting with Sony Music execs and he pitched the idea of the Atkins sisters as a duo. They are fabulous singers so it's a no brainer. The name Mary Mary came from the three of them fooling around in the studio trying to come up with a group name. Mary Mary had a huge hit in 2000 with Praise You (Shackles) which crossed over to the R & B and dance charts. 2002's Incredible is their second CD. They write most of their own songs but of course Thank You is a classic Walter Hawkins song and is their tribute to the Hawkins family. Mary Mary took some time off for motherhood but returned stronger than ever in 2005. Their latest CD is 2006's A Mary Mary Christmas. I'm sure Erica & Tina Atkins and Warryn Campbell will continue to produce hot gospel music for years to come. Here's Mary Mary performing Thank You on a TBN broadcast. Tina is the redhead.