Photo Credit: Michael Rowe

Photo Credit: Michael Rowe

For the past 12 years, Mary Mary has given us hits like “God in Me,” “Heaven,” and “Shackles (Praise You).” The gospel-singing duo has won numerous awards and achieved success not only in the gospel world, but on urban radio and TV.

As one of the few gospel groups to go mainstream, Mary Mary’s fans were sad to hear about break-up rumors that began to circulate in December 2012.

In an interview with ESSENCE.com, the Campbell sisters set the record straight, revealing that the break up rumors are false.

“I will say this, we are not breaking up,” Erica Atkins-Campbell said. “But we’re taking a break.”

Erica said the sisters will be taking a hiatus to work on individual goals and  reconnect with God.

“I’m going to do some solo music. Tina’s going to vacation and travel the world,” she said. “We’ve been joined at the hip the last 12 years and I think in order for us both to be our healthiest selves, just as women, in the group, [we will] take some time to think and re-assess. We’ve been going constantly year after year, baby after baby, tour after tour and now season after season on TV.”

She continued, “We’re singing about Christ, we’re singing about God. I can’t sing about God and I’m not taking the time to talk to God.”

Although fans do not have a new Mary Mary album to look forward to, Erica is planning to release a solo album and the sisters will still make appearances together throughout the year.

Do you think time apart will be beneficial for Mary Mary?

  • Nick

    I’m not a church go-er and I really dont listen to gospel o the regular but I love these two! Seen them perform last summer, brought all types of tears to my eyes. Tina’s voice could make the devil himself catch the Holy Spirit!! I’m glad to hear their just on a break. I wish them the best and i hope they keep doing their thing.

  • http://www.lorrikey.com Lorri M. Key (@mslorrim)

    I think it will be good for them to take a break period. To watch them juggling their lives and singing in their last months of pregnancies says they work hard sometimes to their own detriment. I love them and their music but totally agree with the idea of taking time to really rest and hear from God. Can’t be at your best if you are always busy being busy. (IMO)

  • tbt

    LOL!

  • Chika

    @Clutch

    Why haven’t you banned this troll yet?!

  • http://gabandgraffiti.wordpress.com marloweovershakespeare

    Yes yea yes and YASSS!!! When God talks you listen and learn, or wrestle and burn.This is a great thing. Love these two.

  • http://gravatar.com/heavenleiblu heavenleiblu

    Judging by Tina’s volatile temperament, this is probably for the best. Looking forward to hearing from Erica.

  • jacquelyn

    I love their show, though don’t listen to their music. Tina’s temper & forehead are scary

  • Shannan

    Wow, what did you say that got your comment deleted?

  • synester

    dlererrreoweweerwererererer Jacquelyn, that is why they are stars, women of God and rich and you are bitter, broke and barren. Why hate,

  • Dayna

    This is going to be a great thing for the both of them. I wish them all the luck.

  • pat

    Well hopefully they will get it together Tina has anger problems …Erica May God Bless you As you Move Forward.

  • B24

    The day we start to focus on worldly celebrity and riches instead of God’s message and Jesus’s Great Commandment then it’s clear the enemy is hard at work.

    In all sincerity, though, if we are going to talk about being women of God, then we should at least be able to do so without attacking each other, casting aspersions, and/or name calling. I don’t think Jacquelyn was hating, she just wrote an observation about what she witnessed while watching the show. In all fairness, it’s a valid point, for as Christians and women of God, we already know according to the Word that “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit” (Proverbs 18:21).

    As such it makes it kind of hard to ignore that as much as we might enjoy someone’s work or platform used to glorify the Most High, it doesn’t absolve them from treating others fairly and extending an iota of grace to others in the same way Christ has extended it to us- and especially in maintaining cognizance about the power of our words- and sadly that is a quality that has been lacking in some of these Mary Mary episodes. I understand that hormones and post-partum likely came heavily into play in terms of some of the emotional reactions we’ve seen on the show, and I empathize with that tremendously. However, there is NEVER anything right, correct, or excusable about a person snapping their fingers at another to get them to do something for any reason, in any situation, be they Christian, Jew, Buddhist, Heathen, Wiccan or which-ever.

    I too hope the ladies will get the spiritual and emotional clarity they need during this break and wish them all the best in Jesus name. They’ve touched many lives with their work for the glory of God, and I am sure they have even more to give- even if it means in a different formation. But it is clear that they need time off, and Tina needs time to re-assess, re-focus, and recharge.

  • http://gravatar.com/backporchcafe B24

    Amen!

  • Tanya

    Love Mary Mary, I agree they need to take some time and talk to God. They are skirting with the line of Gospel and Secular and that might get them in trouble spiritually!

  • mable snow

    Glad they r taking a break.. the enemy is cunning, baffling, and will sneak and they won’t know what hit them. Continue to follow the higher power you both trust, not the money.

  • Mrs. Lissa

    You know being a child God doesn’t mean we don’t have issues to work on , it just means we have a better avenue called Jesus who help us through these issues better. Also, I have six children and Tina has five , I understand how she feels. The world was coming down all around her and she was trying to still focus on her life from before. Re-grouping and being a mom is important for her and the children. As a mother of twin girls the last of 6, I had to take a break from everyone because my focus was on my children who needed me most. So, her being on the road after having a baby a few weeks later and not pulling her hair out , hats off Tina , you did a great job. Re-group and get your family life back on track and you will be wonderful as usual. The only ones who can understand your stress are the ones who lived it and I certainly have… Go Tina…

  • [email protected]

    Lord, Your will and not my way. May His perfect will be done in both of their lives. Sometimes God has to move us out of our own way so that we can hear Him. May God’s grace and mercy be extended to them and their lives and the lives of their families be covered by His blood.

  • Wannae Baker

    Love these ladies energy, and respect both views! I have a sister and I GET IT!!! Sometimes being family and just that is ok! My sister and I are so much better when we live and KNOW our own boundaries! God bless them both.

  • Dee

    I love Mary Mary, but they should take a break. This show is about gospel artists, singing about God and Jesus. It’s hard to hear their message when they are so busy fighting. I love Tina. She may be rough around the edges, but I love her honesty. I don’t like how Erica, Mitch, and Warren gang up against Tina when she wants to spend time with her family. I think she is a great mom, and she gets frustrated when she’s away from her husband and kids. I’m happy she is spending time with her family, and I’m happy Erica is focusing on her music. They both get to focus on their passions.

  • http://MISSYVANITY GG

    I am having a hard time understanding how most people are bashing Erica but giving Tina the praise. I understand she wants to be with her family but there is a right way and a wrong way to do it.. I feel she is taking the wrong approach .In anything respect is the key. For what I have seen Tina needs a few lessons on love,mothering, and professionalism. ,

  • Eric T. Peterson

    Let’s face it. We’re human. The music business is chaotic enough as it is, for R&B artists as well as gospel artists. They want to take some time to re-access themselves and it’s nothing wrong with it. They believe God, and family comes first, let them take care of that! I wish the best for them and their families. They’ll be back!

  • ch

    I am so glad there is no split. Everybody needs a break and time with God,family and rest to reenergize. After that look for more Mary Mary and I can’t wait even though they will still make some spot shows with each other.

  • Olivia

    I wish them both well… Can’t wait to hear them as solo artist……..

  • gugu

    I just wana see them get back together they are so good I love them I wish God can help them to stop fighting al the time they need to pray hard.we will also pray for them because they original and they doing a gr8 job.

  • http://www.normasbathandbody.artfire.com norma

    Never knew this!

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