Gospel chart-topping duo Mary Mary will take to the road in the fall on the Sisters in the Spirit Tour, beginning Sept. 28 in Birmingham, Ala.
Joining the sister act on the 30-stop tour will be fellow gospel singers Shirley Caesar and Yolanda Adams, singer of "Open My Heart" (RealAudio excerpt), according to Columbia Records.
The circuitous route ventures into the East Coast and Midwest, including a two-night stand at Chicago's New Regal Theater before heading to the West Coast for shows in Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, Oakland, Calif., and a final show Nov. 26 in Sacramento, Calif.
Mary Mary, made up of sisters Tina and Erica Atkins, released their debut album, Thankful, on May 2 after getting their start on BET's "The Bobby Jones Gospel Show" in the mid-'90s. The LP, driven by the danceable crossover hit "Shackles (Praise You)" (RealAudio excerpt), topped the gospel-albums sales chart for six weeks, according to SoundScan data, and also reached #22 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
The duo, who wrote all but one of the songs on their album, also penned the song "Yeah" for touring partner Adams. Mountain High ... Valley Low, Adams' album from last year, won a Grammy Award in the spring for Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Album.
Mary Mary tour dates:
Sept. 28; Birmingham, Ala.; Boutwell Municipal Auditorium
Sept. 29; Atlanta, Ga.; Atlanta Civic Center
Sept. 30; Nashville, Tenn.; Nashville Municipal Auditorium
Oct. 1; St. Louis, Mo.; Fabulous Fox Theater
Oct. 5; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Benedum Center for the Performing Arts
Oct. 8; Philadelphia, Pa.; Academy of Music
Oct. 12; Augusta, Ga.; Bell Auditorium
Oct. 13; Charlotte, N.C.; Charlotte Coliseum
Oct. 15; Detroit, Mich.; Fox Theatre
Oct. 19; Rochester, N.Y.; Auditorium Center
Oct. 20; Newark, N.J.; Symphony Hall
Oct. 22; New York, N.Y.; Beacon Theatre
Oct. 27; Jacksonville, Fla.; Florida Theatre
Oct. 28; Sunrise, Fla.; Sunrise Musical Theatre
Oct. 29; Kissimmee, Fla.; Tupperware Convention Center
Nov. 12; Chicago, Ill.; New Regal Theater
Nov. 4; Richmond, Va.; Landmark Theater
Nov. 5; Baltimore, Md.; Lyric Opera House
Nov. 7; Memphis, Tenn.; Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 8; Little Rock, Ark.; Robinson Center
Nov. 11; Dallas, Texas; Black Academy of Arts & Letters
Nov. 12; Houston, Texas; Arena Theater
Nov. 16; Hampton, Va.; Hampton Coliseum
Nov. 18; Washington, D.C.; Constitution Hall
Nov. 19; Cincinnati, Ohio; Aronoff Center for Arts
Nov. 22; Portland, Ore.; Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Nov. 24; Los Angeles, Calif.; Wiltern Theatre
Nov. 25; Oakland, Calif.; Paramount Theatre
Nov. 26; Sacramento, Calif.; Sacramento Community Theatre