Season five of WEtv’s reality tv show Mary Mary started off with tension and deadlines. Erica and Tina Campbell, the ladies of duo Mary Mary, have taken a hiatus from singing together to focus on the various dynamics of their lives. The struggle they both face as mothers to balance their career and family comes at a cost. Their husbands fall somewhere in between. Warryn Campbell manages to keep a level head most of the time and aims to keep the ladies of Mary Mary together. His job walks a fine line between family and business. Warryn shares how he copes with his position as husband and producer.
The mastermind behind the dynamic duo Mary Mary, Warryn Campell, saw a vision that no one saw at the time. He saw Erica and Tina as a group. With this vision, he took off full steam ahead creating a sound that shook the Gospel music industry and has garnered them accolades within the industry and beyond on national platforms. Some wondered, why would they break up at a time when it seemed they were at the top of their game?
Warryn knew what his vision had been, however at the time it was best for Erica to forge a solo career. “Anytime they move and do things out of the order that I see it should be, of course I have a little bit of a problem with that,” Warryn expressed. “But, at the end of the day, they’re grown women and they can do what they want to do. They’re signed to me, but they don’t work for me. Sometimes I lose sight of that because I want them to do it the way I see because I know it’ll work.”
As a producer, Warryn keeps his plate full with various projects and deadlines. When there is a disruption to the flow it can get challenging. As the husband of Erica, Warryn ultimately knows that family comes first. Keeping harmony within his home is the focal point. Things got a little touchy, as viewers watched the Mary Mary’s Season five debut episode last week. Sony, MYBlock’s distribution end, questioned Warryn’s decision to work with his sister-in-law Tina on her solo album.
“They thought I was putting some secret label together to put Tina on and I had to swear to them that I’m just letting her do her own thing. She wants to do her own label. They were like ‘Why? Why would you help her? Why would you do that?’ Their job [Sony] is to look at the numbers. I had to break it down to them ‘that’s my sister’. That’s why I’m doing it,” shared Warryn emphatically.
His decision to support Tina in her solo project was the best decision to make. Family, at the end of the day, trumps business, especially if whatever the situation is could possibly cause a riff or bad blood. Warryn’s ability to walk the tight rope between his family and business has ultimately paid off in his favor.
Erica’s willingness to blaze the trail with an edgier sound made the road much easier for Tina to follow in her footsteps with her solo project. Even when Warryn ended up creating “I Luh God” at Erica’s request, he submitted his thoughts to please his wife and the industry jumped on board as soon as they heard it. There were critics, but what supersedes them were the nominations and awards obtained.
Warryn Campbell is no punk. He makes decisions, as the head of his household, for the best of his family. “A lot of times they do what they want to do and they come back and say, ‘they should’ve listened'” an amused Warryn added. Being the diplomat may not necessarily win accolades, but it works when the family remains intact.
Watch more of Erica, Tina and Warryn on WEtv’s Mary Mary Season five. Check your local listings for dates and times. Download Erica’s and Tina’s solo projects on iTunes. Follow them on social media for the latest updates.