Shackles (Praise You)

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"Shackles (Praise You)"
Single by Mary Mary
from the album Thankful
Released December 1999 (U.S.)
February 1, 2000 (U.S. re-issue)
Format CD single
Recorded 1999
Genre Urban gospel, R&B
Length 3:17
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell
Producer(s) Warryn Campbell
Mary Mary singles chronology
"Shackles (Praise You)"
"I Sings"
Alternate cover
The 2000 re-release which was used for promotion of Thankful

"Shackles (Praise You)" is the debut single by gospel singer-songwriter duo Mary Mary, released in 1999. It is considered the group's signature song. Stan North of deemed it one of the pioneer songs of urban gospel music.[1] The song was originally recorded and released in December 1999 upon Mary Mary's signing with Columbia Records and was re-released one month later as a promotional single for their upcoming debut album, Thankful. They both feature the same track listing but different album covers, the second using a picture of the duo. Mary Mary later shot a music video for the song.

Crossover success[edit]

"Shackles (Praise You)" became a crossover hit, being popular with gospel, R&B, and pop audiences. It was a Top 10 R&B and Top 40 pop hit, and peaked at #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became the first gospel song in five years to crack the R&B top ten and gained wide exposure on the MTV video cable channel. In addition, "Shackles" was one of the few gospel songs to receive significant airplay on many CCM stations and appeared on many compilation CDs (including WOW Hits).

It was also a worldwide hit and reached number 5 in the United Kingdom and number 17 in Ireland.


Like many contemporary gospel songs, "Shackles" was not without its criticism; many cited the song as being too modern and not staying true to its gospel roots. Mary Mary responded by saying:[2]

However, the hip hop lines on many subsequent Mary Mary songs only added to the criticism. With the advent of more urban gospel songs, a new fan base was introduced.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Shackles (Praise You)" (album version)
  2. "Shackles (Praise You)" (Maurice's Carnival 2000 Mix)
  3. "Shackles (Praise You)" (Maurice's New Year's Eve Dub)

Music video[edit]

Chart positions[edit]


  • Vocals: Mary Mary
  • All instruments: Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell
  • Producer: Warryn Campbell
  • Vocal producer: Mary Mary
  • Writer(s): Warryn Campbell, Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins


  1. ^ GospelFlava Review of Thankful
  2. ^ Gospel Flava Interview with Mary Mary
  3. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 2011.
  4. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 2011.
  5. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 2011.
  6. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 2011.
  7. ^ " – Mary Mary Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved February 2011.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Shackles (Praise You)". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 2011.
  9. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 2011.
  10. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 2011.
  11. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)". VG-lista. Retrieved February 2011.
  12. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 2011.
  13. ^ " – Mary Mary – Shackles (Praise You)". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 2011.
  14. ^ "Mary Mary: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 2011.
  15. ^ "Mary Mary – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Mary Mary. Retrieved February 2011.
  16. ^ "Mary Mary – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mary Mary. Retrieved February 2011.
  17. ^ "ARIA Charts - End of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2000". ARIA. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 2000". Retrieved 2010-09-05. 

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