Mary Mary Return For Season 3

mary-mary-reality-showWEtv’s Mary Mary returns for its third episode, February 27th.  You know I love a great reality show, and when it involves the saints, even better!  I really love Mary Mary and I have really grown to appreciate Erica and Tina Campbell.  I most like the way they present their lives.  It’s all about Jesus, music and family.  Erica and Tina don’t sugar coat anything and show that even as top gospel artists, they have their fair share of troubles just like the rest of us.

This season the high energetic drama surrounding Mary Mary goes deeper.  Health issues, family issues, Mitch, cheating and lots and lots of attitude.  Now, I rest in knowing that through it all, Mary Mary are going to work it out.  That’s the kicker with this show.  Yes, they have drama, yes, some of it will be overly played out and yes, we will be drawn in to make formulate our opinionated judgements.  But rest assured that Mary Mary will also show you a way of handling these ills in a manner that doesn’t interrupt your faith walk, integrity and character.  My hat goes off to Mary Mary for propelling gospel into the mainstream limelight without sacrificing the basis of their relationship with Christ.  You will not agree with everything they say or do, but this is just one good example of what a Christians lifestyle can look like.  I ain’t got no worries!

Check out the promo HERE and make sure to tune into Wetv Feb. 27th! It’s going to be a great season!

 

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LISTEN: Erica Campbell “Help” -Video to Premiere Feb. 10th On VH1 Soul

erica campbell helpErica Campbell, taking a side step from her GRAMMY award winning duo, Mary Mary, next on the chopping block is Erica’s second single and title track “Help”.  I like this one better than “A Little More Jesus”.  Now, this song makes me interested in hearing her solo project, “Help” due to be released in March.  Erica’s first single simply reminded me of another Mary Mary song and left me wondering why was she going solo?!  But “Help” switches all of that up for me!  I love the blending of the old school and new school.  I can just visualize being back in the 60’s/70’s but still having the new urban feel.  Erica could have carried this on her own, but the feature from Lecrae is nice!  That will bring a different crowd to Erica as she is like the ‘cool Mom’ everyone in the neighborhood likes! Check out Erica’s single below and be on the look out for the visual to be premiered exclusively on VH1 Soul, February 10th!

Erica Campbell’s “A Little More Jesus” Hits Digital Markets June 25th

Los Angeles, CA (June 10, 2013) – Erica Campbell’s rising radio hit “A Little More Jesus,” will be on sale on June 25th. Fans can download the single on all digital retail outlets including iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon as well as can add the ringtone to your Verizon phone for Black Music Month.

ericaThe upbeat jam is the perfect summer song that features Campbell’s signature vocals backed by a throwback beat. The hand-clapping high-energy track provides a message of encouragement that gives all of us a much-needed boost. The song has already become one of the most added songs on gospel radio. Radio has responded in a big way, Elroy Smith of Radio One said, “When we debuted this song on PRAISE 103.9 in May and the listeners constantly begged us to play it again, again and again. If you want to feel good and uplifted, this is the song!”

“A Little More Jesus,” is off of Campbell’s upcoming solo CD and was produced by Warryn Campbell, and co-written by Erica and Tina Campbell. The project will be released by My Block Inc. and distributed by eOne Music.

“The Erica Campbell project is long over due,” said Warryn Campbell, executive producer and CEO of My Block Inc. “She has shined so brightly with Mary Mary over the last 10 years and now we get to hear her in a way that she has never been heard before … be prepared to take the amazing journey with her, I promise you’ll enjoy the ride.”

Erica will hit the road this summer to perform at high-profile conferences including appearances at Gospel Music Fest with The Belle (Richmond, VA) on June 23rd and Full Gospel Conference on July 3rd. Erica will have multiple appearances at the Essence Music Festival including July 5th at the Verizon Wireless Booth as well as the McDonald’s 365Awards on July 6th. She will also perform at New York’s Central Park Summerstage August 3rd & 4th. For specific dates and additional details check out www.myblockrecords.com.

Erica is currently in production on the third season of her and Tina’s self-titled WEtv series “Mary Mary.” CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO “A LITTLE MORE JESUS”.

LISTEN: Erica Campbell- “A Little More Jesus”

Erica-Campbell-Grammys2013-450Okay, not what I expected from Erica Campbell, but I like it.  I cut a little jig on the country twanged-out gospel song.  Mary Mary have had an amazing career and though more is to come, Erica Campbell’s solo effort starts off on a good note. Check out “A Little More Jesus” below and let me know what you think.

Mary Mary: Green-lights For A Third Season On WEtv

mary-mary-reality-show-season-2-660I meant to recap this season of Mary Mary on my YouTube channel, and I for one am happy that I will have another opportunity to do so later on.  Yes, Erica and Tina Campbell of Mary Mary have been given the okay from WEtv to go forth with a third season! I am so happy, because this is HUGE for gospel entertainment!! With great ratings and a show that reaches beyond the church walls, I am very excited to see what transpires in season three.  Right now, the group is on a hiatus all during season two, we saw how Erica and Tina consistently bumped heads on what they wanted for Mary Mary and themselves.  Erica wanted more, and even considered a solo career, Tina wanted a little less and more family time.  Tensions, emotions and mouths ran high and culminated into a season that in my opinion started off slow and redundant, but ended up being a great look into the lives of Mary Mary.  It really drew me in this season!

Mary Mary will begin shooting for the third season mid March, and WEtv has ordered 10 more episodes! Lauren Gellert, WEtv’s SVP of original production & development states, “During the current season of Mary Mary, viewers witnessed two incredible births: Tina’s baby boy and  Erica and Tina’s hit single, ‘Go Get It,’ which went on to win the duo a Grammy Award.  It’s exactly this type of dimensionality that WEtv spotlights in women.  Erica and Tina juggle their lives with grace and style; they are amazing role models for today’s young women and a great addition to WEtv.”

If you missed the finale of Mary Mary’s season 2 check it out below!

Grammys Gospel Winners Announced

The lights are shining bright and during the biggest night in music, the 55th Annual Grammys Awards Show, announced its winners in the Gospel music categories!  I’m very happy with all those who were nominated and the winners truly deserve the honor. Special shout out to Lecrae, no stranger to the Grammys but to FINALLY win!! That’s is so dope! Hard work really pays off! Check out the winners below!

36. BEST GOSPEL/CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PERFORMANCE

grammy-statue10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Matt Redman | Track from: 10,000 Reasons | Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

 

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners
Casting Crowns |Track from: Come To The Well | Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

Take Me To The King
Tamela Mann | Label: Tillymann Music Group

Go Get It
Mary Mary | Label: Columbia Records

My Testimony
Marvin Sapp | Track from: I Win | Label: Verity Gospel Music Group

37. BEST GOSPEL SONG

Go Get It grammy-statue
Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell & Warryn Campbell, songwriters (Mary Mary) | Label: Columbia; Publishers: EMI April Music, It’s Tea Tyme, That’s Plum Song, Wet Ink Red Music

Hold On
Cheryl Fortune, James Fortune & Terence Vaughn, songwriters (James Fortune & FIYA, Monica & Fred Hammond) | Track from: Identity | Label: Light Records/eOne Music/Fiya World

I Feel Good
Phillip Feaster, Fred Hammond, Jonathan Miller & Calvin Rodgers, songwriters (Fred Hammond) | Track from: God, Love & Romance | Label: Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: fHammond Music/Bridge Bldg Music/CJMS Music/Music Feast Productions/Jonathan Miller Publishing

My Testimony
Aaron Lindsey & Marvin Sapp, songwriters (Marvin Sapp) | Track from: I Win | Label: Verity Gospel Music Group; Publishers: Universal Music-Brentwood Benson Songs/Marvin L. Sapp Music/Ardent Media

Released
Donald Lawrence, songwriter (Bill Winston & Living Word Featuring Donald Lawrence) | Label: Source Media; Publisher: Quiet Water Ent.

38. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC SONG
**TIE**
grammy-statue10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord)
Jonas Myrin & Matt Redman, songwriters (Matt Redman) | Track from: 10,000 Reasons | Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: Thankyou Music/sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/Said And Done Music/Shout! Publishing

grammy-statueYour Presence Is Heaven
Israel Houghton & Micah Massey, songwriters (Israel & New Breed) | Track from: Jesus At The Center Live | Label: Integrity Music; Publishers: Integrity’s Praise! Music/Sound of the New Breed, Regenerate Music

Jesus, Friend Of Sinners
Mark Hall & Matthew West, songwriters (Casting Crowns) | Track from: Come To The Well | Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

When Mercy Found Me
Jeff Pardo & Rhett Walker, songwriters (Rhett Walker Band) | Track from: Come To The River | Label: Essential Records; Publishers: Sony ATV Music, Ships In A Bottle/Simple Tense Songs

White Flag
Jason Ingram, Matt Maher, Matt Redman & Chris Tomlin, songwriters (Passion & Chris Tomlin) | Track from: White Flag | Label: sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records; Publishers: sixsteps Music/worshiptogether.com Songs/Vamos Publishing/Said And Done Music/Valley of the Songs Music/Sony ATV Timber Publishing/West Main Music/Windsor Hill Music/Thankyou Music

39. BEST GOSPEL ALBUM

grammy-statueGravity
Lecrae | Label: Reach Records

 

Identity
James Fortune & FIYA | Label: Light Records/eOne Music/Fiya World

Jesus At The Center Live
Israel & New Breed | Label: Integrity Music

I Win
Marvin Sapp | Label: Verity Gospel Music Group

Worship Soul
Anita Wilson | Label: EMI Gospel

40. BEST CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC ALBUM

grammy-statueEye On It
TobyMacLabel: ForeFront Records

 

Come To The Well
Casting Crowns | Label: Beach Street/Reunion Records

Where I Find You
Kari Jobe | Label: Sparrow Records

Gold
Britt Nicole | Label: Sparrow Records

Into The Light
Matthew West | Label: Sparrow Records

28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards To Air Live, January 19, 2013

stellarsWow! What a great way to step things up!  For the first time, the Annual Stellar Gospel Music Awards show will air live on GMC (Gospel Music Channel).  The Stellar Awards show is set to tape and now show Live on GMC, January 19, 2013 from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN.

Mary Mary lead the nominations with 9 and will pull double duty as they co-host alongside Kirk Franklin.  Charles Jenkins comes in second with 8 nods and Marvin Sapp and Fred Hammond score 6, while Isaac Carree and Andre Crouch garner 5 each.  Bishop TD Jakes will receive the Thomas A. Dorsey Most Notable Achievement Award; the James Cleveland Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to gospel music great Kurt Carr ; and the Ambassador Dr. Bobby Jones Legends Award will be bestowed upon Inez Andrews for her contributions to the industry.

Performances listed so far are Anita Wilson, Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago, Israel Houghton and more!  I am really excited about the Stellars this year, as IChooseGospel.com will be on scene getting some live and exclusive behind the scenes tea on all that is going on!  So stay tuned! For ticket information and more on the Stellar Awards, visit thestellarawards.com