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NASTY BREAKUP: Mary Mary Fires Manager Mitchell Solarek & He Sues

Article By Shaun Rainier, EEW Magazine News Reporter

'Tis the year of breakups—first with each other and now, their management. Multi award-winning duo Mary Mary has fired former manager Mitchell Solarek, but he is refusing to go quietly.

According to public records, Maximum Artist Group, owned by Solarek, has officially filed a federal lawsuit in Tennessee against Tina and Erica Campbell.

The major blowup among the three parties has landed them on famous gossip site, TMZ, which is reporting that “Mitchell says he inked a deal with the duo in 2011 and helped ‘reignite’ their career ... securing deals worth over $3 million, including their WeTV reality show.”

The sisters first announced in March 2011, ahead of the release of their Something Big (MyBlock/Columbia/Sony Music) album, that they had hopped on board with Solarek, whose roster also includes Donald Lawrence and Natalie Grant.

The website explains, “In return, Mitchell says the Christian singers went all Judas on him—publicly firing him on their TV show, and withholding more than $75,000 in commissions.”

Solarek, who was previously a modeling agent before venturing into music management, is seeking to recoup the withheld funds, as well as “future commissions from music, merchandising, books and sponsorships.”

It is well-documented that the ladies have had a tense relationship with the bossy,  over-the-top, shrewd businessman, often leading to discord on the show. 

In January 2013, EEW Magazine highlighted a heated debate Solarek engaged in with the siblings over their hectic travel schedule. “If you don’t want me to manage you, fire me!” he told them.

Looks like they took his advice.

Watch below to see Warryn Campbell, husband of Erica, confront Solarek about the way he handled the group.

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Stopped watching this show, as these women are unprofessional, and not Christ-like. More power to you Mitch.

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentertweezy87

I think it was a poor match from the beginning. They never got along. Sorry it had to come down to this.

September 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTreiva

Christians are not supposed to sue each other. Poor witness and people should always keep their word

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterme

I can't say I always agreed with Mitch with what I saw of him on the show BUT he was definitely getting Mary Mary put on in ways I had never seen before. But every business relationship is not a good personal one. They give him a really hard time when it came to doing his job. I think it is good they parted ways but not THIS way. Wish they could have been amicable.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAva

Mitch 'bout dat money. He bout to "Go Get It" (In my Mary Mary voice) LOLOLOLOL! No that's bad. Forgive me.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdia

A hot mess! They have done nothing but drama to the airways and gospel community. I wish Mary Mary would just go away for good. they have lost their way

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiny

We never know the full story. The media has a way of getting information but the ladies and Mitch are the only ones that know the full story. Just pray for them. This is not good for the Kingdom. The Body of Christ need to come together as one and pray and hold up our sisters and brothers in Christ when they get in trouble. pray!!!!!!!!

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMax-a-Million

It's all about Warren Campbell managing Mary Mary and on a few episodes it became evident that's what they wanted.I guess now they have what they want and who they want...I hope it works..Truth Speaks.

September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Speaks

Wow. That's too bad that it had to end this way. Hate to see Christians feuding so publicly. Smh All the best to everyone!

September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGwen

Is this Christian music industry about God or is it about money and fame? To Mary mary.... you remember Jesus don't you? Is Jesus real or is fame and profiting off of God real to you? You do remember when Jesus overturned the tables in what used to God's house of prayer? uh, is Jesus real to you or not?

November 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi

It appears that "Truth Speaks" makes a great point, because it did look as if they gave Mitchele an extremely hard time when it came down to him doing his "managerial responsibilities. I think that he sustained quit a bit of unnecessary abuse that was not just limited to his clients " Mary Mary". He had to deal with ungrateful relatives of the artist, and their mates, and wanna be mates. So, so very unprofessional, however Mitch hung in there with them in spite of all of that. Others are quite correct in the fact that this is not how people of GOD should behave. It just goes to show that money can not buy you class. Peace and blessings to all.

February 22, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTruthbtold

Never got the impression that Mitch was a Christian. I think there were times when MM was out of line in how they treated Mitch. Sometimes acting like divas

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSherry T

Tina was very rude to Mitch. Regardless of what is going on at home you should still be respectful to your management. Mitch had to tolerate Mary Mary's rude sister GooGoo who is annoying and want to ride on her sisters fame. I don't feel this family is an example of Christianity. I'm happy for Mitch he needed to break away from these money driven women and their families.

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

It amazes me how people equate information about money to be a lack of religious values. Let's be realistic. At the end of the day, Christians as well as heathens have bills to pay. Uncle Sam taxes saints as well as sinners in an equitable manner. These women have families that they must support. In fact, the introduction is a visual reminder that they have very large families that they must support. So the fact that they were arguing with their manager for making costly and poor business decisions is understandable. When you are fighting for the welfare and well-being of your loved ones, you must realized that an "Amen" may not punctuate each and every sentence you speak. Regardless of their decisions, let us remember that they are wonderful musicians and role models for anyone, as is any celebrity. Let's keep it in context. There music is wonderful but as Erica says in her song, "They need just a little more Jesus!" Don't we all?

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStay Blessed

God help them all,this show has killed their ministry.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentermary

I agree with the other poster, it appears from their show, that MM gave Mitch an extremely hard time. I know busines is business, problem is MM appears to want to include everything else in their lives (siblings, husbands, children, mothers etc) in their business at their convenience. When apparently last season, they cancelled all future appearances and shows because Tina wanted to split and they agreed to take a break -- all had to be cancelled and Mitch had no choice to accept it. But now, it seems evident from episode 1 new season, they all riled up because the Africa thing didn't go through - all gigs should be treated equal, just as important big or small, Essence or Africa or anything else. Mitch had to deal with boyfriends, carrying children around to keep him from cameras and all, we are all human, trouble is Christians need to remember that when they foul up too ! Just because you are a christian, doesn't mean you won't foul up. If we can still enjoy their music and support them, they should have handled their business a little better and treat Mitch with more respect.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered Commentercynthia

It was obvious that Warren wanted to be the manager of MM but they needed Mitch to get them out there. He worked his tail off for these ungrateful women... dealing with hysbands, children, sisters and everything else. They complained about him over booking them and now they want to complain because a booking didn't happen. Warren and MM used Mitch to get them back...but it will all fall apart on them. Tina knew her husband was a cheater...that's the reason she continued to have these babies (that is the oldest ghetto trick in the world). She used this show to try and let the women know they had a marriage and he still cheated....You know when you come out to the world and sing gospel music..you should act accordingly..these women showed me a side of them that was distasteful and nasty. I am done with MM.

February 28, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary

Oh my, what a tangle Webb the Mary's have weaved there!
Judge not less you not be Judge. Those Mary's certainly displayed their
own judgements on all the ppl around them, especially that loudmouth Tina!
Oh but remember that saying " GOD DON'T LIKE UGLY" what has happen none
of us knows, except the ppl involved.
Mitch bless your Spirit, you will be fine. Keep your head up Son. Remember
what goes around comes around.
" and he's not crazy about the pretty"

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine

These girls are a mess. I'm happy for Mitch.

March 1, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

So funny that they blame Mitch for the Africa show not happening and them being out of money but when they cancelled concert dates at the last minute and Mitch still had to pay his people and take a pay cut there was no issue.Warryn is bossy and wants to control everything-he proved that with the way he had Erica talking about her sister last season.SMH

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGina

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