Before Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary stepped onto the scene, there was Trin-i-Tee 5:7, a talented group from New Orleans who was often called the “gospel version of Destiny’s Child or TLC.” The trio was heavily inspired by other genres of music including R&B and hip-hop, and their sound was a mixture of neo-soul with captivating and inspirational lyrics.
From an image standpoint, the Grammy-nominated group was modern but not distasteful. Although the Christian community sometimes criticized them for their appearance, the ladies were eager to please their audience from head to toe.
The group’s musical journey began in 1998. Their debut album, Trin-i-Tee 5:7, peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Gospel Album charts for seven weeks, and remained at the top of Billboard’s Contemporary Christian charts for over 30 weeks. Trini-I-Tee 5:7 received mainstream success from the album and released three singles, “God’s Grace” (written and produced by R. Kelly), “Mary Don’t You Weep,” and “You Can Always Call His Name.”
On their second album, Spiritual Love, Trin-i-Tee 5:7 worked with other artists and producers including Kirk Franklin, Tramaine Lewis, and Crystal Lewis. Spiritual Love was #1 on the gospel album charts and a top 10 album on the Christian charts.
Despite the fact they were bonafide stars, there were internal conflicts with members and problems with management. Eventually, Brandy’s mother, Sonja Norwood, and legendary music executive Mathew Knowles managed their careers. And thanks to their musical contributions, the group released two more high charting albums, The Kiss and T57.
The group disbanded in 2013, but Trin-i-Tee 5:7’s songs continue to be a source of hope for people from different walks of life. Their records can still bring you to tears, and encourage you to praise Him in advance and deepen your relationship with the Most High. Their music will remain sacred in gospel music.
—Dominique M. Carson
Dominique M. Carson is a freelance music writer, critic, and a proud Brooklyn College graduate. Dominique’s work has been featured in Singersroom.com, Soultrain.com, Education Update, Bay Currents, Birthplace Magazine, Rappersoom.com, Brooklyn College’s media outlets, Pure Soul Magazine, Brooklyn Roads, Bleu Magazine, www.thecelebritycafe.com, and www.NYCityWatch.org. She was an honorable recipient for Blackstreetonline.com’s Black Celebration Awards’ News & Journalism category. She is also a member of the New York Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists. For more information on Dominique, visit her homepage, or at Twitter , LinkedIn , Instagram, and her Facebook fan page.