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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