Mary Mary Sees Beyond Sunday Morning
Mother’s Day will come a little late this year for Erica and Tina Campbell. Gospel’s best-selling duo, Mary Mary, is on the road promoting their new project, Go Get It, and their hit reality series on WE tv.
If there's always a bit of truth spoken in jest, Tina reflected the sentiment of a great many working moms when she laughed, “[On Mother's Day,] I’m going to be by myself working without my kids crying.”
“Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate,” Erica chimes in. “It makes me think of my mom and all the sacrifices she made. When I think about how I try to mother my children and imagine that she had a lot less and more kids, I am in awe of what an incredible woman she is.”
“And,” adds Tina, “because you have more, that does not mean that you have to wipe one less nose; does not mean that you don’t have to deal with sick children; does not mean that you don't have to deal with school projects. It is still a lot of work. Parents are an incredible influence over their children. They’re not only watching what you’re saying but what you’re doing – how you handle life. You are their blueprint."
Tina, due in August with her and her husband Teddy's fifth child and Erica, having just given birth to her and producer hubby Warryn’s third child in January, mothering is something they are passionate about.
“It’s a lot of pressure to get it right because we want to raise great individuals,” reveals Erica. “The more [kids] you have, the more challenges you have. For them, for me, for my husband, and for my career. I know that God has put us on a platform and we’re role models for a lot of people, that’s pressure, but I can only be me. I’m comfortable with what I can do, I’m comfortable with what I cannot do and I know the difference between the two. I’m not trying to be superwoman. I’m just Erica. On top of that, you still have to do what God called you to do.”
To that end, the release, of their seventh CD, Go Get It, is par for the course. The CD features two brand-new songs as well as classic remixed and remastered versions of some of their number-one hits, such as "Shackles" and "God In Me."
“I love that we were able to rework some of the songs. From “Dirt” to “God Bless” which we kind of changed a little bit, it was good,” reports Erica. “It was songs that you’ve known, but you get to know a little better. Like the song we did with Kirk called “And I” and the song we did with Destiny’s Child – the track that Rodney Jerkins did on the second album.”
Aside from the title cut, the CD features one additional new track, “Sunday Morning," which is a new favorite for the girls.
“What our entire life was about, especially before Mary Mary, was going to church," says Tina. "We did everything in church. It was spiritual. It was social. It was where we had our fun and all of our friends were there. And so we’ve got a song talking about getting ready for Sunday morning. It’s really catchy and really cool. We love it.”
The CD was comprised of music featured in and inspired by the WE series, which is scoring high ratings and rave reviews.
“We wanted as many eyeballs as possible because we haven’t really had a chance to see a Christian family where it’s not perfect but it’s healthy,” Erica reports. “It’s not like we’re trying to revive our careers or get signed. We’re current artists trying to manage it all going on the road and the balance of missing your children and making sure there’s enough time for your husband so you have a healthy marriage, and all of that. Because of that I believe it resonates with the everyday woman who’s trying to manage her own life.
“Even beyond the Pentecostal aspect of it, just realistically... it’s awesome to know that we can allow people to look into our lives and see beyond Sunday morning and you know when I’m giving you the inspiration on stage that there should be something in my life that should inspire you and perhaps that’s seeing that we may argue and get into it as sisters but we find a way to resolve our conflict.”
The show is so true to who we are that they say they’ve been able to learn some things about themselves by watching.
“I learned that I’m funny,” Tina reports. “I’m no comedian or anything like that, but I watch myself and laugh a lot, like you just say anything don’t you.’
“I’ve been trying to tell you”, Erica teases, before getting serious. “We kind of realize some of the things that we say and how we handle each other as sisters stings a little bit watching it back, so it kind of teaches you how to be a better family member. It’s interesting to watch your life back. You can edit it and adjust it.”
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