Back from a three-year hiatus, the Grammy-winning gospel duo Mary Mary will be releasing their third and self-titled album on July 19th. The follow up to 2002s Incredible, Mary Mary is a reflection of the Campbell sisters newfound confidence in their music.
Sometimes when you first come out, you dont really know who you are as artists and musically, you havent really found your niche, says Tina, who, along with her sister, had her first child during the groups hiatus. This time around, were so comfortable being Mary Mary and I feel like weve grown as women and ministers.
In their journey to find their niche as artists, the sisters say that radio success has not been something crucial to them, despite having hits such as the worldwide smash Shackles and their newest single, Heaven, which has already reached No. 1 on Billboards Radio Monitor Chart.
Confidence doesnt come with a successful hit, Erica says. Think of millions of people who sell millions of records and then fill themselves. Or the millions of people who travel the world and make loads of money and then theyre depressed or take drugs to alter their current state because theyre not happy. Were so content with who we are, both our flaws and our strengths.
Shackles was great! adds Tina. It opened a bunch of doors for us and Im grateful for that but you can never do your beginning again. We cant make the record again and you cant redo what youve already done. Obviously we want to make more songs that impact people but God is a God of the present and hes doing great things today so we dont like to live in the past.
Produced by Warren Baby Dubb Campbell (Ericas husband), Mary Mary offers up the duos signature high-energy dance numbers, as well as some new sounds including the 1930s big band influenced The Biggest Greatest Thing.
I was listening to Ella Fitzgerald before we recorded it and I thought I couldnt do it because Im not Ella Fitzgerald, shares Tina. But it came out really well.
In the end the harmonies sound like the Andrews Sisters, Erica adds. Were very proud of the song because it was foreign to us. You have to challenge yourself and not always do whats comfortable for you. With the big band, we were just trying a few things out!
While pushing stylistic boundaries has always been part of the sisters approach to their music, Mary Mary hopes that what will be most appealing about the album will be the messages in the lyrics.
I hope that this album changes lives more than anything else, says Erica. I want people to hear it and be encouraged to keep going. We want people to hear the record and respond.
One song that the sisters hope will garner a response is the track Yesterday, which contains the lyrics: I had enough heartache and enough headache/Ive had so many ups and downs/Dont know how much more I can take but Ive decided that I cried my last tears yesterday.
I guarantee that somebody is going to cry when they hear that song, says Erica. The lyrics are so strong. Whatever devastation youve had in your life, you cant let it keep you down because that was yesterday and today is today. If youre still living in yesterday you wont appreciate Gods greatness for today.