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L-R: Tina Campbell, Erica Campbell during the Premiere of WE tv's new series Mary Mary, held at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City, Tuesday, March 27, 2012.

Mary Mary Previews New Reality Show in NYC

For Mary Mary, their new self-titled We tv reality show is just another way to inspire. The Grammy Award-winning gospel duo held a premiere party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York City this week, and Vixen was on the scene to celebrate the occasion.

Sisters Tina and Erica Campbell are letting viewers inside of the their personal and professional lives like never before with Mary Mary. In the show’s series premiere, viewers will get to see the sisters bump heads, prepare for performances, interact with their husbands and raise their children. Surrounding one of the duo’s biggest performances to date, Tina and Erica struggle to balance their work with their families while keeping level heads and positive attitudes.

One point of drama that is already shaping up is the tension between Mitchell, Tina and Erica’s manager, and Goo, the group’s stylist and sister. With business to be handled and family ties in between, these two will undoubtedly bring character and entertainment to the show. Erica’s pregnancy will also take center stage, as she battles keeping her baby healthy and being proactive with the group’s upcoming tour.

Though the Campbell sisters know they can possibly face scrutiny from the show by people who may judge them based on their faith, they see the show as a way to send a positive message.

“I started to realize there was more inspiration than just our songs. I mean we’ve been happily married for over 10 years. Happily, not perfectly, but happily. We are moms of multiple children,” Tina said at the Q&A following the sneak peek. “We’re sisters, a group still in business when most of the groups that started off in 2000, they couldn’t do it because they can’t deal with each other. And we’re family, and we like each other even when we don’t like each other. That’s good for you to see.”

Tina and Erica also talked about gaining a new appreciation for reality stars because of the difficulty with living their lives on screen. They stressed however, that seeing the other side of their lives was important.

“What most of the world see of Christians is you doing your good Christian work, preaching, telling everybody how to solve everything. They don’t see you weak, they don’t see you broken, they see you helping and fixing and having all of the answers,” Erica said. “And it’s so important for people to see what your life looks like Monday to Friday, when you’re not in the pulpit, when you’re not being so inspirational.” 

Mary Mary will also document the making of the duo’s new album Go Get It, slated to release in May. The show premieres tomorrow night at 10 p.m. on We tv, following Braxton Family Values. --Iyana Robertson

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