not my thing, but it may be yours
oh goody, songs from the reality show series
Sunday Morning was a good track, but I gave you the single
1.3 from me and not yet rated by the pros at allmusic
from the album - Go Get It
released May 8th, 2012
Bio - from allmusic
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.
Album Review from root magazine
In just 12 short years, Erica and Tina, better known to the world as Mary Mary, has had better success than most
artists in any genre of music. Their debut album “Thankful” came at a time when it was needed most and broke all
kinds of records, ultimately selling over a million copies and earning them a Grammy award their first time out.
Some attribute their success to their mainstream appeal, other contribute it to their striking good looks and a
major record label. But the truth of the matter is that these sisters can simply flat out sing and have one heck of
a producer in Warryn Campbell.
With a successful WeTV reality show, “Mary Mary”, under their belt, the Campbell sisters have not let pregnancy stop
them and found time to deliver a new album aptly titled “Go Get It”. The album’s first single of the same name is a
fiery hip- hop infused track that begins where “God In Me” and “Walking” left off. The song encourages the listener
to go after everything that God has for them and whatever they have gone through in the past will make you stronger.
It’s your time to go get it! If you watch their reality show every Thursday night as I do, you also saw the episode
where they recorded this song and you got to see first hand all of the passion they put in that song, which makes
you feel that much more connected to the song.
Other songs on the album include songs from their five previous gold and platinum albums (not counting A Mary Mary
Christmas), such as: “Little Girl“, “Good To Me” feat. Destiny’s Child, “He Said“, “And I” feat. Kirk Franklin,
“Walking“, “God In Me” (which according to Billboard magazine, has earned the highest rank for a song that has
spent 52 weeks on a chart in the Nielson SoundScan era since 1992).
While songs like “God Bless“, “Dirt“, “Can’t Give Up Now” and “I’m Running” all received a bit of a boost in the
mastering and remixing department. The only other new song besides “Go Get It” is a song entitled “Sunday Morning”
which is another infectious track with a sixties swing appeal to it. I can just picture a hot music video for this
song…trust me you’re gonna love it.
Just one year after the release of their critically acclaimed album”Something Big”, Mary Mary have done it again and
remind us with some of their catalog, why they continue to be successful. Now if you are thinking that this is a
Greatest Hits album, it is not (That would have to be a double CD . “Go Get It” is a soundtrack to the WeTV reality
show and if you listen carefully, you will see that most of the aforemetioned songs play throughout the season of
So there you have it…a new reality show and new album from your girls Mary Mary. You have another 4 days to “Go Get
1. Go Get It
2. God Bless
3. Little Girl
5. Can't Give Up Now
6. I'm Running
7. Good to Me Feat. Destiny's Child
8. Sunday Morning
9. He Said
10. And I Feat. Kirk Franklin
12. God in Me Feat. Kierra 'Kiki' Sheard