Thankful

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Barnes & Noble - Karl Miller
Thankful is sacred groove music of the best kind: fresh, infectious, and full of praise. Mary Mary, the moniker of the singing-songwriting sister act of Erica and Trecina Atkins, were making waves before this debut release. After singing backup for Eric Benet and Brian McKnight, the duo came to the attention of R&B producer Warryn Campbell (Brandy, Dru Hill), leading to collaborations on Dr. Doolittle, Prince of Egypt (Inspirational), and this disc. The combination of Mary Mary's lilting harmonies and inspirational lyrics with Campbell's spot-on grooves makes Thankful as much fun on the dance floor as in church. The first top-ten single, "Shackles (Praise You)," ...
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Barnes & Noble - Karl Miller
Thankful is sacred groove music of the best kind: fresh, infectious, and full of praise. Mary Mary, the moniker of the singing-songwriting sister act of Erica and Trecina Atkins, were making waves before this debut release. After singing backup for Eric Benet and Brian McKnight, the duo came to the attention of R&B producer Warryn Campbell (Brandy, Dru Hill), leading to collaborations on Dr. Doolittle, Prince of Egypt (Inspirational), and this disc. The combination of Mary Mary's lilting harmonies and inspirational lyrics with Campbell's spot-on grooves makes Thankful as much fun on the dance floor as in church. The first top-ten single, "Shackles (Praise You)," beautifully blends dance-floor excitement with worship and praise. Mary Mary sings "Take the shackles off my feet so I can dance/You broke the chains, now I can lift my hands/And I'm going to praise You," flowing as smoothly as Saturday night into Sunday morning. The duo gives props to the tradition -- dropping into a rousing version of the standard "No Ways Tired" in the middle of "Can't Give Up Now." The bump groove of "Joy" drives long after the track is over. And don't miss the storming closer, "Wade in the Water." Thankful is an impressive debut from a group worth watching in the years to come.
All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/2/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646374023
  • Catalog Number: 63740

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Thankful (3:23)
  2. 2 I Sings (4:39)
  3. 3 What a Friend (3:11)
  4. 4 Shackles (Praise You) (3:16)
  5. 5 Can't Give up Now (4:57)
  6. 6 Be Happy (4:34)
  7. 7 Joy (4:10)
  8. 8 I Got It (3:49)
  9. 9 Somebody (3:34)
  10. 10 Good to Me (4:09)
  11. 11 One Minute (4:47)
  12. 12 Still My Child (3:57)
  13. 13 Still My Child (Interlude) (0:47)
  14. 14 Wade in the Water (4:31)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mary Mary Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Charles Veal Track Performer
Andrew Gouche Bass
Eric Dawkins Background Vocals
Chris Bolton Background Vocals
Destiny's Child Background Vocals, Track Performer
The South Central Chamber Orchestra Track Performer
Erica Atkins Background Vocals
Trecina Atkins Background Vocals
Warryn Campbell Background Vocals
Jo Campbell Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Charles Veal String Conductor
Andrew Gouche Producer
Jerry Peters Orchestration, String Arrangements
Mary Mary Vocal Producer
Al West Producer, Instrumentation
Kevin Crouse Engineer
Ron Jaramillo Art Direction
Poke & Tone Executive Producer
Jan Fairchild Engineer
James Cruz Mastering
Erica Atkins Composer
Warryn Campbell Producer, Engineer, Executive Producer, Instrumentation
Dylan Vaughan Digital Editing
Traditional Composer
Marcus T. Grant Management
Latrell Simmons Composer
Kenneth Crear Management
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love It!

    I teach hip hop and it's hard to find songs to jam to that have lyrics I'm not embarrassed about. This CD has solved my problems!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album

    I really liked this CD. It got me back into listening to Gospel. It had the Gospel theme right along with the hip hop style

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    definatly get this cd--

    Mary Mary Thankful is the best cd that i own and I never get tired of it. Every single song on the cd is awesome. If you like Destiny's Child, think better singers and better songs--I tell all my christian friends about this cd because it's my favorite cd out of all the christian and non-christian cds that I have-- I can't wait until they come out with another cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They are truly BLEST!!!

    I think Mary Mary are truly two blest sisters who God has given a wonderful voice to. I want to encourage you guys to continue singing for the Lord. Your concert here in Jamaica was great I enjoyed every moment again, I hope you guys will be back here soon. I would like for you to know that dont get discourage by critics because they are there to strenghten you in the Lord. 1 LOVE EVERY TIME.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You go sisters!!!!: Mary Mary

    I am 14 and I love Mary Mary.Listening to their wholesome music that has the same beat that alot of secular artists do keeps me praising God while I listen to the beat I like, and not have to listen to alot of junk that the secular artists perform. When I bought the cd called ''WoW'',which has the top 30 Christian hits of 2001, Sure enough the Mary Mary song ''Shackles{Praise You}was on it. It got my heart pumpin and racing to praise Jesus. I played that song at least 10 times before I listened to any of the other songs on the ''WoW'' cd! Parents love it and so will teens. A tip to Parents: Buy this cd for your kids to get them off their bad music. Most kids listen to the junk music not because they wanna be bad, but because it has a good beat!(Trust me, I would know) So get Mary Mary which has the great rhythm and beat the other secular artists do, but Mary Mary will replace that music with Christlike, wholesome music that keeps your kids on the right track!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Music for my soul

    As someone who loves the Lord and also likes to dance, this album meets my spiritual needs in every way. Fun, funky, and uplifting all at the same time. Listen to it a few times and you will be dancing and belting out the songs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    God Bless Them

    Mary Mary sing blessful and loving songs which draw me closer to my Heavenly Father and Jesus. They have beautiful voices, as well as the songs. My five favorite songs are ''Thankful, Shackles, One Minute, I Sing, and Still My Child.'' These songs make me dance, praise and worship my Saviour, Jesus Christ. I pray for them to be blessed with awards and the blessing from God will help them to succeed..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most richley blessed:Mary Mary

    I have nothing but high 'praise' for these two awesome sisters; they are fierce when it comes to delivering messages of God's goodness; I really like this cd and I will be purchasing it soon...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nothin' But...

    Mary Mary is a blessed duo. These two sisters are GREAT...I brought the CD a month ago, and it has not left my stereo since. I know about every song. There are some really good songs and their praise is sincere... Pick this CD up...you'll be glad you did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Mary Mary is OFF DA CHAIN!!!!

    I brought the CD yesterday, and it bless my soul. I mean it made me dance,cry,and worship. They are truly blessed by God and truly CALLED TO WORSHIP the true and living God- our Lord and Savior JESUS CHRIST. I look foward to hear more from MARY MARY in years to come. -Lessie Pruitt a.k.a. Sis. Mary Pruitt's daughter

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dancing? Where?

    This Album is that Bomb!!! The songs on here just make you want to get up and move. I Love it. The slow songs even are inspiring.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THANKFUL for Mary-Mary

    I got the cd yesterday and it was a blessing. The track 'Shackled (Praise You)' will make you want to get up, dance and praise God. The girls not only sing (and sing well) but they also write the songs. I look forward to more from Mary Mary!

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