by Mary Mary
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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/02/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074646374023
catalogNumber: 63740

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mary Mary   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
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
West   Producer,Instrumentation
Kevin Crouse   Engineer
Ron Jaramillo   Art Direction
Poke & Tone   Executive Producer
Jan Fairchild   Engineer
Erica Atkins   Composer
Warryn Campbell   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Traditional   Composer
Marcus T. Grant   Management
Latrell Simmons   Composer
Kenneth Crear   Management

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Thankful 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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...
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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..
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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'll be glad you did!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!