Mary Mary Take Chart-Topping Gospel On Tour

Yolanda Adams, Shirley Caesar also join fall Sisters in the Spirit outing.

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. 1–2; 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