VERZUZ Easter Special: BeBe & CeCe Winans and Mary Mary

BeBe and CeCe vs. Mary Mary flyer

Sibling duos Mary Mary and BeBe and CeCe Winans will meet up on Easter Sunday for a celebration of music famously known as VERZUZ.

Created by GRAMMY® award-winning producers and entrepreneurs Swizz Beatz and Timbaland, VERZUZ was launched in March 2020. What started as a battle between two friendly rivals has grown into a global phenomenon that celebrates some of the greatest artists of our time, including gospel’s Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin, highlighting their careers and generating powerful surges in sales and streams.

Sisters Erica and Tina Campbell (née Atkins), who make up the gospel duo Mary Mary, began singing in the church choir as girls and have broken the gospel barrier and found mainstream success. Prior to their 2000 debut album Thankful (featuring the hit single “Shackles”) and 2002 album Incredible, the sisters joined the traveling gospel show Mama I’m Sorry (1995) and toured individually as backup singers and writers for various R&B groups. The duo has two Grammy wins. The Atkins sisters grew up in Inglewood, CA, so it was befitting that they were chosen to perform “Lift Every Voice and Sing” before the start of SuperBowl LVI at the newly opened SoFi Stadium.

Detroit-born brother-sister duo BeBe and CeCe Winans carry a great lineage as members of the gospel dynasty, The Winans. Although they have had individual success, nothing compares to the affectionate sound that is sparked by their musical union. They first appeared in the public eye as young teens when they debuted in 1982 as a part of the singing group The PTL Singers on the television show, The PTL Club. But their musical journey began in 1987 when they were offered a recording contract by Sparrow Records. Their debut release topped the R&B and inspirational charts, yielding a Grammy award along with Dove and Stellar awards for the self-titled project. They continued to gain success with the releases of Heaven and Different Lifestyles earning them the #1 slot on the Billboard sales charts. The duo later branched out and pursued solo careers. CeCe has since garnered fifteen Grammys and BeBe six along with several urban/inspirational awards and accolades.

HOW TO WATCH: Tune in at 9:30 pm ET on, in the @triller app, on VERZUZ IG, Facebook, or Youtube. Watch in HD with the #TrillerVerzPass on

– From a media release

Eddie Atkins, Jr., father of duo Mary Mary, passes

Eddie Atkins, Jr., father of Tina and Erica Campbell, has died.  GMF extends sympathy to his wife, children, other family members and friends.

Read more here: Mary Mary Duo Mourns Loss of Father to Cancer, Thanks Fans for Prayers

Mary Mary reality show renewed for third season

(New York, NY)  WE tv announced today that the women’s network has greenlit a third season of its popular docu-series, Mary  Mary, just
ahead of the season two finale airing tomorrow night, February 28 at 9 PM, ET/PT.   WE tv has ordered 10, one-hour episodes.  Production will
begin in Los Angeles in mid-March.

Commented Lauren Gellert, WE tv’s SVP of original production & development:  “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 WE tv 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 WE

Added Erica Campbell: “We’re so excited about the next season as we
enter a new phase in our lives and careers. This past year has been
both overwhelming and exciting and we were happy to share those moments
with our fans.  We are grateful to provide viewers with an honest look
into who we are and how we handle our differences, and we hope to
continue to inspire and encourage people through our show in addition to
our music.”
Mary Mary is produced for WE tv by eOne Televison, executive
produced by Erica Campbell, Tina Campbell, Tara Long, John Morayniss,
Eric Hoberman and Mitchell Solarek.  Kate Farrell serves as the
executive producer for WE tv.

“And the Soul Train Award for Best Gospel Performance goes to…Mary Mary!”

Gospel’s platinum-selling duo Mary Mary has to make room for another trophy.  Last evening, Tina and Erica Campbell won the 2011 Soul Train Award for Best Gospel Performance (“Walking”).  The award was presented at the pre-show on the red carpet. 

Other nominees were Kirk Franklin (“I Smile”), Trin-i-tee 5:7 (“Heaven Hear My Heart”), James Fortune featuring Shawn McLemore (“I Believe”), and CeCe Winans (“More”).

During the show’s telecast, Mary Mary also performed the soul classic, “Midnight Train to Georgia,” in tribute to Gladys Knight, who was honored with the Soul Train Living Legend Award. (Earth, Wind and Fire was feted as well.)

Besides adding to their stash of accolades, the sisters are gearing up for their new reality series, set to premiere March 29, on WE tv.