*The spring months are now upon us in the year of our Lord, two thousand and eleven.

As the winter ice begins to thaw, and the budding flowers hint of new life on the horizon, a change beneath the surface is also under way. For platinum recording artists Mary Mary, a similar change has been in place since early 2009. It was at this time  when they first entered the studio to begin work on their sixth album, aptly titled Something Big. The “something big” referenced in the title mirrors that of an undisputed life truth: Change is inevitable.

The change embraced by sisters Erica and Tina Campbell was rooted in a sincere belief that it was time to expand their sphere of influence. For the past decade, the group dominated the gospel music charts in a manner that could only be rivaled by Kirk Franklin.

But saving and re-saving church folks was never good enough for the sisters. They needed to go bigger.

As if right on cue, bigger they went with Something Big. The album, which is set to hit stores March 29, marked a purposeful quest into the unfamiliar territories of mainstream music, where more impact could be made, and, ultimately, more lives saved.

But this journey didn’t come without cost.

With every gospel album sold using melodies and instrumentation often reserved for the club comes a steady stream of criticism from purported gospel music purists. In their eyes, the group had somehow sold out and bastardized the Gospel.

Erica and Tina barely flinched in the face of such talk.

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