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Thankful

Mary Mary

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Album Review

Though still in their twenties, Erica and Tina Atkins, who make up the duo Mary Mary, have had an apprenticeship as songwriters with several cuts on R&B and gospel albums over the past few years, and before that were gospel singers. Thankful is pure gospel music, a series of praise songs and cautionary tales with religious messages, but it is likely to have a broader appeal than most gospel music, as indicated by the success of the lead-off single, "Shackles (Praise You)," prior to the album's release. In part, this is because, writing with producer Warryn Campbell, the sisters have come up with a group of songs that will appeal musically no matter what the listener's religious beliefs, but a second important reason is the vocal quality of the two singers. Just as Columbia act Lauryn Hill expanded the audience for hip-hop with her The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album in 1998, Mary Mary is likely to push back the barriers for gospel, an event that has been in the making for some years, especially in the work of Kirk Franklin, and that is long overdue. Campbell employs many conventional hip-hop rhythmic ideas and usually is credited with playing "all instruments" on the tracks, but that wouldn't matter if the sisters' melodies and lyrics weren't so effective or their singing so compelling. Even when they take on a traditional tune like the album-closing "Wade in the Water," for which guest producer Andrew Gouché has disingenuously taken the songwriting credit, they reinvigorate the song, turning it into a tour de force of vocalizing. Thankful is a powerful debut by a duo that deserves to be gathering platinum records and Grammy Awards in the near future.

Customer Reviews

Must have!!!

I've had this album since it came out in 2000 and I still can't stop playing it. I love the entire piece.It's lovely...

The best!

I really believe Thank Full is the best of Mary Mary's collection. It is rare that you find EVERY SONG on a album that's good!

Thankful To Have This Album!!!!!

This album is a blessing from the heavenly skies filled with God's annoiting, joy and strong touch. When I listen to this album there isn't one song I skip because from my opinion this entire album is absolutley amazing and these two sisters can throw down when they sing. I enjoy every ounce of this album and anything that comes from Mary Mary. The song "One Minute" and "Still My Child" has so much annoiting and peace fufilled into each lyric. This album is so annoited and full of joy I wouldn't hesitate recommending this album to anyone who desires true annoited Gospel.

Biography

Formed: Inglewood, CA

Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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