Gospel duo and sisters, Erica and Tina Atkins grew up singing in a church choir. They went on a tour with gospel show Mama I’m Sorry with Michael Matthews. The duo also became backup singers for numerous R&B musicians.
Here are some fun facts about the sisters.
- Erica Campbell may be a star but her husband Warryn Campbell is the key person behind the success of the duo’s debut album, Thankful. He produced the hit album that earned the duo their first Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album. Two years later, they received their second Grammy for the Best Gospel Song for Got Get It produced by Warryn.
Tina Campbell on the other hand is married to Teddy Campbell, a gospel drummer who is popular to many fans. Teddy is the drummer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
Both sisters are devoted to their families, especially their kids.
- The duo hired their sister, GooGoo, to work as Mary Mary’s stylist. Her creative style and fashion proved to be beneficial for the sisters. She knew the importance of fashion and glamor without overspending.
Aside from working for her sisters, GooGoo also styles other famous celebrities including Michelle Williams, Vanessa Williams, and Morris Chestnut to name a few. Many of her works have walked the red carpet including the Grammy’s, American Music Awards, videos, and magazines.
- Mitchell Solarek stepped in as the manager for Mary Mary. She helped transform the sisters into a popular sought-after group both live and in television. The duo has now crossed into mainstream music. They even performed at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans while Tina was 9 months pregnant.
- In 2012, WE TV announced a new reality show featuring Mary Mary. Viewers expected to see the usual script of reality shows where the camera follows the everyday activities of the sisters. However, the show’s producers brought in Solarek and Erica’s family to spice things up.
- A rumor broke that the sisters were disbanding and a month later, they announced that they are only taking a temporary break to pursue their individual dreams. Erica wanted to pursue her career as a solo singer while Tina wanted to take a rest and travel while they are not filming.
Both sisters have worked on separate solo projects. During their performances together, aside from the Grammy’s, they have also earned numerous awards including the American Music Awards, BET, Dove, Soul Train, Stellar, and NCAAP Image Awards.
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