Erica Campbell &
By Derrel Johnson, rollingout.com
Grammy, Stellar, Dove, NAACP Image, Soul Train, and a
host of other awards lining their joint and individual
shelves, Mary Mary, made up of the sisters,
Erica Campbell and Tina Campbell) continue to
drive the bar higher for what it means to be a gospel
superstar in 2017.
Erica, who's show "Get Up! Mornings with Erica Campbell," replaced
Yolanda Adams show nationwide, currently has the
#8 song on Billboard's Gospel Music charts,
And sister Tina Campbell has a new album out, "It's Still Personal,"
with the first single, "Too Hard Not To," at #20.
Never wavering from their delectable recipe of Urban/hip-hop infused
brand of inspirational music, the sister duo have seen
their likenesses plastered across record shelves, radio
stations, product endorsements, and, of course,
television shows (namely their eponymous WEtv reality
Now, as they bring their stint in reality TV to a close to continue focus
on their respective solo careers, the ladies sat down
with That Grape Juice (before the Donald Trump
hoopla) to discuss what those moves entail.
First, we want to congratulate Tina for the release
of your sophomore album,
'It's Still Personal' (in stores now).
Tell us more about it:
I have the single out now, "Its Too Hard Not To."
I'm going on tour a couple of weeks after that. I'm
super duper excited to be bringing music that I know is
life changing, life giving, it's motivational, and it's
We hear the similarities, but how is
'It's Still Personal' different from its
predecessor, 'It's Personal'?
Tina: I only released my first album on two digital
outlets: Amazon and Itunes. I didn't stream it, I didn't
make it available everywhere, I shot a whole bunch of
videos, but never put them out. I didn't have a plan or
strategy and I wanted to get back to the main thing
which is serving God and Shining for him.
I didn't care about stats or teams and it still sold well! So, that's how
you know that God is with you! You ain't tried to do
nothing and you just did.
People really follow you!
Erica: Right. People pulled me to the side to
say, "Please tell your sister she saved my life and
please tell you brother-in-law they saved my
This album has gone so much further than I think even she [Tina] knows.
I'm so proud of her to be able to give this music. I
mean who is singing about forgiveness? Nobody.
Tina: That's wonderful that she [Erica] supports me. She gets on
her radio show ['Get Up! Mornings with Erica
Campbell' and talks about this album. To know my
family believes me, that they look at me and be like:
"No, she is what she says." That matters a lot.
live performance of
official video of
"Too Hard Not To"
we're loving your current single,
"Well Done," as well. Should we expect news on your new album
Erica: This is a single driven market now. People will go to the
album and pick what songs they want to buy. So, we just wanted to
put something out there for the radio.
The message of the song is why it was really chosen, because we get our
focus off onto the wrong thing. We focus on people, and on gaining
tangible things down here [on Earth] and not realizing when life is
over and we get to heaven, we really do want to hear God say "well
forward to that. Now, lets shift gears to your reality show, 'Mary
Mary.' Why do you feel season 6 is the time to close and bring
things to a wrap after 5 years of a pretty successful reality
Erica: You know, sometimes you just feel it. I think people have
seen us stand on our own two feet as solo artists and in this
season, you see us sing together a lot, even though there is not a
Tina: And, you have to allow yourself to grow even if that means
walking away from what "used to be" and to walk into "what can be."
you miss about this experience?
Erica: Umm...probably nothing (laughs).
Tina: We've made some great friendships and partnerships and
there's been some wonderful things about it. But, we've been in this
business for countless years, so we've gotten accustomed to meeting
people, having them in your life for a season, and then moving on.
Erica: Let me explain my answer a bit more. Sometimes, people do a
reality show because there's not much else going on with them.
That's not our story. We didn't require the show to give us life.
So, since it's the sixth season, I think it's a good time to wrap it
guys are leaving while you're on top. You're ahead of the game, so
a good time to bow.
Erica: I receive that in Jesus name!
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