Gospel singer Erica Campbell, of the duo Mary Mary who has experienced solo music success with her Help and Help 2.0 albums, is defending her decision to bring edgy new sounds to the gospel music industry like “I Luh God,” despite heavy criticism from some fans.
After some fans questioned the the 43-year-old singer’s decision to blend God centered lyrics over an edgy “trap music” beat frequently heard in secular settings, the first lady of California Worship Center church is speaking up.
“They’re used to (me) very pulled up and polished and singing ‘Yesterday’ and ‘Help.’ But, I just wanted to have fun, declare my love for God and at the same time reach an audience that I think the gospel community sometimes ignores,” Campbell said ” There is Christian hip-hop but I feel that more caucasian children gravitate to it. So, I figured, you’re my people so, let me get with my folks!”
Campbell, who grew up in Inglewood, California, and revealed that growing up in a rough neighborhood has influenced who she is as a person. Even if she has not previously showcased that to the world, it is still a part of her experience.
She accepts that not everyone will appreciate songs like “I Luh God,” but cautioned critics to think about what they’re doing to the body of Christ when they publicly bash her musical expression.
“… I think before you criticize, and especially before you criticize publicly, … because what that does is make the Christian body look even more divided and more argumentative and at war with each other. If you know me, or you know someone that knows me, contact me as opposed to posting something ugly or nasty,” said Campbell. “Now, you’ve created this conversation and the people that like it are mad and the people that don’t like it are mad, and really God gets no Glory out of that. If you take all of the music away, which is the main thing people are mad at, and you just look at the words, you change your total view.”
Campbell said she’s used to doing things differently and facing criticism because of it. Still, she believes that the devil can attack the church in situations where members criticize one another.