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Featured Article - Mary Mary Finally Release New Album!!
Mary Mary Finally Release New Album!!

Integrity Music announces the Christian retail release of The Sound, the long-awaited new studio album from platinum-selling Gospel duo Mary Mary. The Sound will be available in Christian retail stores beginning October 21 through Provident-Integrity Distribution.

The Sound is Mary Mary's first new album since the release of A Mary Mary Christmas in October 2006 and is the duo's first new full-length, non-seasonal album since release of the RIAA gold-certified Top 10 collection Mary Mary in July 2005.

The Sound premieres 11 new Mary Mary performances including the album’s recently released lead singles, “Get Up,” a pop-infused anthem of praise and empowerment. “That song embodies what the whole album is about,” says Mary Mary’s Erica Campbell. “It asks people, ‘Why are you waiting? Why do you care what other people think?’ It reminds us that your beginning can be whenever you want it to be.”

Other tracks on The Sound include the R&B-flavored title track “The Sound,” “Superfriend,” “God In Me,” “Boom,” “I'm Running,” “Forgiven Me,” “Dirt,” “Seattle,” “I Worship You” and “It Will All Be Worth It.”

With able assistance from longtime producer and collaborator Warryn Campbell, Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell, the real life sisters better known as Mary Mary, weave their love of truth-grounded Gospel music into a tuneful blend of R&B, pop, soul, jazz, electronic music and more. (Erica's husband, Warryn Campbell also helmed the first two Mary Mary albums, the RIAA gold- and platinum-certified Thankful and the RIAA gold-certified Incredible.)

As Mary Mary, Erica and Tina Campbell bring a revolutionary combination of R&B, urban, hip-hop and electronica to the world of contemporary Christian music.

Growing up in Inglewood, California, the sisters first sang publicly in the local church choir and received their first break in 1998, performing a song on the soundtrack for the “Prince of Egypt.”

In 2000, Mary Mary’s platinum debut album, Thankful--featuring the hit “Shackles (Praise You)”--earned numerous awards including a Grammy for Best Contemporary Gospel Album and three Dove Awards, six Stellar Awards, a Lady of Soul Award and a Soul Train Award. Incredible, their second album, became the nation’s No. 1 Top Christian Album in 2002 and featured the Dove Award-winning hits “In The Morning” and “Thank You,” featuring Kirk Franklin.

While Mary Mary took a break after recording their second album to start--and spend time with--their respective families, the platinum-selling duo found the time to bring their exuberant gospel soul sounds down new avenues, including an appearance in the 2003 musical comedy, “The Fighting Temptations.”

In November 2005, Mary Mary took home the coveted American Music Awards trophy in the Contemporary Inspirational Music category, adding to a growing collection of accolades that includes a Grammy and numerous other awards.

The best-selling R&B/Gospel duo crossed over into Top 10 pop territory when the group’s self-titled album, released in July 2005, debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 best-selling albums chart, the highest Top 200 chart position in the group’s career. (Mary Mary's previous albums--2000's Thankful and 2002's Incredible--peaked at #59 and #20, respectively.)

When the Mary Mary CD subsequently debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Gospel album sales chart, it became the best-selling Gospel debut of 2005.

"Heaven," the first single from Mary Mary, made chart history during its unprecedented 9 week run as the No. 1 record on Billboard's Gospel Radio chart. "Heaven" was also a No. 1 R&R Gospel Radio Single which hit the No. 3 slot on the Billboard Bubbling Under - Hot R&B Singles chart.

Author: Tricia Whitehead

Date: 15 September 2008

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