Mary Mary GospelBy Sheronda K. Gipson (
The gospel duo “Mary Mary” have entered the reality TV arena.

The WE Network will premiere the show after the hit show “Braxton Family Values” at 10 p.m. The group appeared at Greater Travelers Rest in Decatur on Thursday, March 22, to premier the show to a live audience.

Born and reared in Inglewood, Calif., “Mary Mary” hit the airwaves in 2000 with their highly acclaimed crossover hit “Shackles (Praise You),” and now have released six albums. “Mary Mary” are nominated for two Grammy Awards this year.

Over their career, they have won three Grammy Awards, two American Music Awards, and two Stellar Awards.

Audiences came to know the personalities of the duo as they judged the BET show “Sunday Best.”

Unlike some reality TV shows, you won’t find any rapid-fire challenges and you won’t see beer bottles flying mid-air because someone has a loose tongue. What you will find are sisters Erica and Tina Campbell  in a teeter-totter balancing act of career and family.

For regular moms working a 9-to-5, this is a difficult feat. Being multi-Grammy winners, with their livelihoods dependent on traveling and performing, Erica and Tina prove that the entertainment life ain’t easy.

The drama of life is enough, with the sisters having seven children between them, and one on the way, so there no need for the extra accoutrements of pulling hair or cussing.

The clashes between their stylist sister Goo-Goo and the group’s manager  Mitchell is more than adequate to satisfy a hard core reality TV watcher’s need for a good old- fashioned neck and eye roll.  Erica and Tina laugh and support each other and even when they have heated discussions about their business.

But at the end of the day, as sisters do, they forgive, forget and move on. The show is funny, animated, loving and soulful, just like the music that the sisters belt out, as on their latest single “Go Get It,” which is also featured on the show and is on their upcoming album “Something Big.”

“Mary  Mary”  premieres Thursday, March 29, at 10 p.m. on WE-TV.

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