Mary Mary Biography
Mary Mary is an American gospel music duo, consisting of sisters Erica and Trecina "Tina" Campbell, known for bringing contemporary gospel to a new level of popularity in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul music and hip hop.
The Campbell (formerly Atkins) sisters grew up as part of a large family in Inglewood, California. Their parents were gospel singers themselves, and the sisters quickly entered the world of church choirs, travelling gospel shows, and some television productions. The sisters began songwriting, and gained success in the music industry for their work. "Dance" appeared in the 1998 film Dr. Dolittle and "Let Go, Let God" appeared on one of the soundtracks for the film The Prince of Egypt in that same year. Other songs of theirs were recorded by Yolanda Adams and 702.
The duo was subsequently signed to Columbia Records and decided to perform under the name Mary Mary, honoring Mary, the mother of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Their first single, "Shackles (Praise You)" became a gospel, R&B, and even pop hit in 2000 and peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was followed by their first album, Thankful, which would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, and a second single, "I Sings". Peaking at #1 on the Gospel album chart and at #59 of the overall Top 200 chart, Thankful was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the USA.
With their second album Incredible, the duo was able to maintain their success. The record, soon after its release, went to #1 on the Gospel chart, and was able to enter the Top 20 of the Top 200 album chart. Incredible was later on certified Gold for 500,000 copies sold in the United States. The album's singles were, respectively, "In The Morning" and "I Try" which became relatively large hits within the contemporary gospel nation.
Their third album Mary Mary appeared, which became the first album of the group to enter the Top 10 on Billlboard and was later on certified Gold for sales of 500,000 copies. "Heaven", containing a sample from seventies soul trio the Honey Cone's "Want Ads", made history and also broke chart records, most notably an unprecedented 9 week run as the #1 record on Billboard's Gospel Radio chart. The second single, "Yesterday", also became a hit, especially on the Adult R&B charts where it peaked at #10. On the R&B/Hip Hop chart, the song became their second biggest hit since "Shackles" in 2000, reaching the #53 spot so far.
On October 10, 2006, the recording group released their most recent album inspired by Christmas songs and is called A Mary Mary Christmas. (album cover at top of page)
By 2005, both sisters had become married, with Erica marrying Warryn Campbell, their record producer, and Tina marrying Teddy Campbell, a drummer. Both couples have children.