But Erica felt compelled to be honest with Tina at a time when she was already performing without her sister, who took a break from music last year after she learned her husband had been unfaithful.
“I didn’t know how she was going to respond, but I knew she was not in work mode in 2013. She shut everything down,” said 41-year-old Erica, who is two years older than Tina. “I did quite a few Mary Mary dates by myself. I did dates where they initially wanted Mary Mary. When you do that for so long, you build up this thing where I’m getting used to this. I was enjoying it.”
So far, Erica’s solo career has promise. Her debut single, “A Little More Jesus,” was nominated for best gospel song at this year’s Grammy Awards (she shared the nomination with Tina because they co-wrote the song). Erica’s debut album, “Help,” will be released March 25, and it will get some extra attention thanks to Mary Mary’s hit WEtv reality series (the season three debut pulled in nearly 1 million viewers last month). It airs on Thursdays.