Contemporary gospel duo Mary Mary perform Bruno Mars‘ Doo-Wops and Hooligans hit “Just The Way You Are” in a stripped back, harmonious live acoustic session for Billboard‘s Mashup Mondays series, flipping the song’s theme from romance to motherhood.
“I remember the first time hearing that song in my car on the radio, I was like who is this? Man this dude is amazing…” says group member Tina, a clear fan of Bruno Mars and the song.
“I want [my daughter] to know she’s beautiful just the way she is,” Mary Mary’s Erika Atkins-Campbell says of why the duo decided to flip the focus of the song. “Sorry Bruno, I know you were singing it to a chick, but I’m singing it to my baby girl.”