The highly successful contemporary gospel group Mary Mary has been in the music industry for over two decades. Sisters Eric and Rina Atkins, were born and raised in California. During these years, they grew their passion for singing gospel music. Before long, they were offered a record deal and released the song “Dance” with Robin S and appeared on the Dr. Doolittle soundtrack in 1998. After collaborating on a few tracks, they released their debut single titled "Shackles (Praise You)," which became a Top 10 R&B and Top 40 Hot 100 hit. They followed up this success with the release of their first full album, “Thankful” in 2000.Then in 2005, the duo released their self titled album which would be their first album to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart.