In 2000, a fashionable and relatable Gospel duo called Mary Mary hit the music scene like a breath of fresh air. With hits like "Shackles" and "God In Me" it was easy for the contemporary R&B and hip-hop crowd to groove to their jams. And as the duo released more album, they forced Christian music to grow with them, dragging some critics unwillingly into the future of faith-based art.
Now Erica Atkins-Campbell and Tina Atkins-Campbell will be honored at the ESSENCE Empowerment Experience in New Orleans on July 8 and we couldn't think of anyone better to celebrate. Let's take a look back at Mary Mary through the years.
Mary Mary, comprised of Erica Atkins-Campbell (L) and Tina Atkins-Campbell®, released their debut single “Shackles” in 2000. Boasting a fresh take on Gospel music by mixing standards with contemporary flavor, the sibling duo’s edgy fashion also reflected their fresh style.
Growing up in the church in their hometown of Inglewood, California, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, the pair realized their artistic strength lie in putting their voices together.