Getting Real with Mary Mary
By Kristi Watts
The 700 Club
KRISTI WATTS (reporting): The funky new hip-hop duo, Mary Mary,
has taken Christian music to new heights, touching audiences all around the
world. Their style and flavor is nothing short of fierce as they bring the message
of hope, inspiration, and love of God to this generation.
TINA: God just blessed us. He gave us an opportunity to sing to the world,
to give music that comes directly from our hearts and reaches the hearts of
other people. Thats big. I can't believe God chose us to do it. Sometimes
I feel like Im not the most perfect individual, Im not this Bible
scholar, but God chose me to be out in front singing His praises and to know
that this music is effecting so many people form every walk of life.
WATTS (reporting): In less than five years, Mary Mary has made an indelible
mark on the Christian music scene. The soulful sounds of these sisters have
won countless accolades for their debut album Thankful, which went
platinum. Currently on tour with their sophomore album, Incredible,
Tina and Erica are learning that their incredible journey has not only brought
them closer to their dreams, but most importantly, closer to their Heavenly
ERICA: I realized that even though I grew up in church and I had a preacher
for a father, that didnt always guarantee a wonderful relationship with
Jesus. As Ive gotten older, I have realized that Hes my Savior,
He is not just my parents' Savior. He is for me.
KRISTI WATTS (reporting): In fact, as they learn who God is for themselves,
they want to encourage others to know Him too. That means reaching people
who might not otherwise hear the gospel.
ERICA: We did want our music to reach people who didnt go to church,
who might go to a club.
TINA: We wanted it played everywhere, but when it was played, we wanted them
to hear something that would intrigue them and make them say, I really
got to know that person their talking about. I want to know Him personally.
Gospel is not only just 'feel good' music; its life changing. It
comes to feed every hunger spot in your life, every empty area in your life.
KRISTI WATTS (reporting): Areas, the sisters say, God is constantly working
on in both of them. Erica and Tina admit that there are times when they find
themselves struggling with everyday challenges and issues like everybody else.
I think it was this past year when I was having issues with myself. My attitude
wasnt right. My personality wasnt right. I was just buggin'. I
didnt feel right enough to be a wife. I definitely didnt feel
like I was right enough to be representing God. I was just telling Erica,
'I aint nothing. I aint going to tell nobody nothing or sing something about
God because I dont even know if Im saved. Look how Im acting.
People who know me, they know I am a very honest person. When I feel like
I am not there with God, I am like, 'God I don't want to represent you know
because what if I say something wrong?' I dont want to let God down.
ERICA: If he can get you discouraged, he can stop your progression, he can
stop you from moving forward. He stops you with stupid stuff. It could be
your weight; it could be your relationship; it could be your job; it could
be anything. Those next few steps you take, your blessing is right there,
and he stops you. What I really want people to know and to hear in what were
saying is that were normal people, and most Christians are. We have
issues, and thats what lets us know that we need God on a daily basis.
Nobody gets a special perfect pass -- you are a perfect Christian, so you
don't have any issues. No, we all have issues. Were striving to be more
like Christ and to get it right.
KRISTI WATTS (reporting): Whats in the future for Mary Mary? Only God
knows. But for now, Erica and Tina just want to be true to who God has created
them to be and to fully walk in their destiny.
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