By Valder Beebe
Returning to the Valder Beebe Show studio is Grammy-Winner Erica Campbell. Erica’s previous appearance was with her sister Tina as the group Mary Mary. Now, Erica Campbell has released two solo albums as well as seven albums with her sister. Her debut solo album “Help” won a 2015 Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album as well as eight Stellar Awards. Campbell is an author and the host of the nationally syndicated radio show “Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell,” on Urban One. She has a new album and song due out soon and the duo, Mary Mary is often credited for broadening the fan base of contemporary gospel in the 2000s by introducing elements of soul music and hip hop.
Their first album, Thankful (Mary Mary Album) in May 2000, which would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album, and a second single, “I Sings.” Peaking at #1 on the Gospel album chart and at #59 of the overall Top 200 chart, Thankful was certified Platinum for sales of 1 million copies in the USA. Both singles were also hits in the UK and Europe, and to this day remain popular with Christian youths in the US, Latin America, and Europe. Erica Campbell publicists provided text in conjunction with the Valder Beebe Show
VBS: You co-hosted Urban One Honors in a special night of TV commemorating Black excellence – from Voting Rights and Investigative Journalism, to Health Equality and Businesswomen breaking the glass ceiling.
EC: Yes, I am so honored that I had the opportunity to co-host with Roland Martin for Urban One. Urban One Honors celebrates woman leading the change in its annual commemoration of Black excellence. This year’s tribute show shines a light on the exemplary accomplishments of African American women in business, media, health, and politics leading to impactful change within the Black community.
VBS: Will we be getting a new Mary Mary album any time soon or will you and Tina continue to focus on solo projects?
EC: There are actually two new Mary Mary songs coming this year. Tina and I will continue to ………………
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