Thankful (Mary Mary album)

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Thankful
MaryMaryThankful.jpg
Studio album by Mary Mary
Released May 2, 2000
Recorded 1999–2000
Genre
Length 53:54
Label Columbia
Producer
Mary Mary chronology
Thankful
(2000)
Incredible
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Cross Rhythms 10/10 stars[2]

Thankful is the debut studio album by American duo Mary Mary. It was released on May 2, 2000 through Columbia Records. The album comprises urban contemporary gospel, R&B and hip hop soul music. It produced the smash crossover hit "Shackles (Praise You)", which reached the top-ten in seven countries and the single "I Sings", which was also a significant hit—although it did not match the success of its predecessor. The album established Mary Mary as one of the leading artists in contemporary Christian music, and won the duo a Grammy Award in 2001. The album peaked at number one on the US Gospel Albums, number twenty-two on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and number fifty-nine on the US Billboard 200. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1.2 million copies in the United States. The album received generally favorable reviews from the music critics: AllMusic gave it a grade of four and a half out of five stars and Cross Rhythms gave it ten out of ten stars.

Track listing[edit]

  • Unless otherwise noted, Information is taken from Discogs.com[3]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Thankful" (Background Vocals: Joi Campbell & Mary Mary)
(All Instruments (played by): Warryn "Baby Dubb" Campbell)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:23
2. "I Sings" (Featuring BB Jay)
(Rap performed by B.B. Jay)
(Background Vocals: Baby Dubb & Mary Mary)
(All Instruments: Baby Dubb)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell; Rap Lyrics by Jarvis E. "B.B. Jay" Cooper Warryn Campbell 4:39
3. "What A Friend" (Background Vocals: Mary Mary)
(All Instruments: Baby Dubb)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:11
4. "Shackles (Praise You)" (Pro-Tools/Computer Music Editing by Dylan Vaughan)
(Talking Voices & All Instruments: Baby Dubb)
(Contains a replayed Bass sample from "Don't Look Any Further" performed by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett[4])
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:16
5. "Can't Give Up Now" (Choir Vocals: Erica & Tina's Friends)
(All Instruments: Baby Dubb)
(Contains a replayed sample from "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired" performed by Rev. James Cleveland[5])
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell, Curtis Burrell Dr. Jonathan Greer II, Warryn Campbell 4:57
6. "Be Happy" (All Instruments: Al West) Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Al West, Nycolia "Tye-V" Turman Al West (All Instruments), Nycolia "Tye-V" Turman (Vocals) 4:34
7. "Joy" (Background Vocals: Mary Mary)
(Pro-Tools/Computer Music Editing by Dylan Vaughan)
(Guitar: John "Jubu" Smith)
(All Other Instruments: Baby Dubb)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell, John "Jubu" Smith Warryn Campbell 4:10
8. "I Got It" (Background Vocals: Mary Mary)
(All Instruments: Baby Dubb)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:49
9. "Somebody" (Background Vocals: Mary Mary)
(Guitar: John "Jubu" Smith)
(Music Programming & All Other Instruments: Baby Dubb)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell, John "Jubu" Smith Warryn Campbell 3:34
10. "Good to Me" (Featuring Destiny's Child)
(Background Vocals performed by Destiny's Child & Mary Mary)
(Lead Vocals: Mary Mary & Beyoncé)[6]
(Guitar: Charlie Bereal)
(Music Programming & All Other Instruments: Baby Dubb)
(Contains a replayed sample from "Give Me Your Love" written & performed by Curtis Mayfield)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell, Curtis Mayfield Warryn Campbell 4:09
11. "One Minute" (Background Vocals: Gromyko Collins & Mary Mary) Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell, Nycolia "Tye-V" Turman, Rick Cousins, Latrell Simmons Rick "Dutch" Cousin, Warryn Campbell 4:47
12. "Still My Child" (Featuring Charles Veal Jr. & South Central Chamber Orchestra)
(Strings performed by South Central Chamber Orchestra conducted by Charles Veal Jr.)
(Strings arranged by Jerry Peters)
(All Other Instruments: Baby Dubb)
(Background Vocals: Mary Mary)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 3:57
13. "Still My Child (Interlude)" (Featuring Charles Veal Jr. & South Central Chamber Orchestra)
(Strings performed by South Central Chamber Orchestra conducted by Charles Veal Jr.)
(Strings arranged by Jerry Peters)
Erica Atkins, Tina Atkins, Warryn Campbell Warryn Campbell 0:49
14. "Wade in the Water" (Bass played by Andrew Gouché)
(Fender Rhodes Piano: Warryn Campbell)
(Drums: Derrick "D' Loc" Walker)
(Organ played by Tim Carmon)
(Background Vocals: Eric Dawkins, Christopher Bolton, Jackie Gouché-Farris, Keisha Ealy, Gromyko Collins, Joi Campbell, Thomacina Atkins & Mary Mary)
arranged by Andrew Gouché Andrew Gouché,
Warryn Campbell
4:29

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[7] 76
U.S. Billboard 200 59
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 22
U.S. Billboard Gospel Albums 1

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