Mary Mary is a gospel group made up of sisters Erica and Tina Campbell. Surprised that they weren’t both named Mary? Me too. Actually the group is named to honor Mary, mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene. So it comes as no surprise that they decided to do a Christmas album this year.
The duo has been described as a blending of gospel and hip-hop and that description fits them admirably. Most of the eleven songs on the album are of more a modern nature, but they do three traditional Christmas songs (“Merry Christmas,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.”). The songs may be of the traditional, but the sound of them is definitely modern.
“O Come All Ye Faithful” is my favorite of the three. They combine African Drums and an African voice group that adds a new twist on a classic. The result is intriguing, interesting, and definitely upbeat. I really liked it. The rest of the songs are a little more modern (meaning they’re not really traditional Christmas carols).
“California Christmas” is my favorite of those and it gets remixed more towards hip-hop on the final track and features Damani (not sure who that is though). “Still the Lamb” also features a spoken sermon (or reading?) by Bishop Kenneth C. Ulmer.
The album is Christian themed (that doesn’t bother me) so don’t buy it for the atheist on your Christmas list. However, ‘A Mary Mary Christmas’ is a great Christmas album and is reverential, but also delivers an upbeat, gospel-tinged collection of Christmas songs both old and new. God bless us everyone.