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|Released||May 2, 2000|
|Mary Mary chronology|
|Singles from Thankful|
Thankful is the debut studio album by American duo Mary Mary. It was released on May 2, 2000 through Columbia Records in the United States. Chiefly produced by Warryn Campbell, 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. Thankful established Mary Mary as one of the leading artists in contemporary Christian music, and won the duo the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Gospel Album at the 43rd awards ceremony as well as a Dove Award, a Lady of Soul Award, and a Stellar Award.
The album received generally favorable reviews from music critics. William Ruhlmann from AllMusic gave Thankful a grade of four and a half out of five stars. He found that "Thankful is pure gospel music, a series of praise songs and cautionary tales with religious messages, but it is likely to have a broader appeal than most gospel music." Cross Rhythms felt that Mary Mary "look set for big things both on the secular and gospel market. That's because they have very attractive vocals and the use the very same musical styles and beats currently popular within secular R&B. But somehow, even though their lyrical content is very much gospel-based, they've managed to appeal equally to the secular market."
Thankful peaked at number one on the US Top 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.
|2.||"I Sings" (featuring BB Jay)||Campbell||4:39|
|3.||"What a Friend"||Campbell||3:11|
|4.||"Shackles (Praise You)"||Campbell||3:16|
|5.||"Can't Give Up Now"||4:57|
|8.||"I Got It"||Campbell||3:49|
|10.||"Good to Me" (featuring Destiny's Child)||Campbell||4:09|
|12.||"Still My Child" (featuring Charles Veal Jr. & South Central Chamber Orchestra)||Campbell||3:57|
|13.||"Still My Child (Interlude)"||Campbell||0:49|
|14.||"Wade in the Water"||Andrew Gouché||4:29|
- "Shackles (Praise You)" contains a replayed bass sample from "Don't Look Any Further", performed by Dennis Edwards & Siedah Garrett.
- "Can't Give Up Now" contains a replayed sample from "I Don't Feel No Ways Tired", performed by Rev. James Cleveland.
- "Good to Me" contains a replayed sample from "Give Me Your Love", written & performed by Curtis Mayfield.
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
- Allmusic review
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