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Teena Marie

Biography

Simply no white artist sang R&B even more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, solid vocals were therefore black-sounding that whenever she was getting started, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie was raised in west LA in a community which was nicknamed “Venice Harlem” due to its large dark population. The vocalist/songwriter/producer is at her early twenties when, around 1977, she arrived employment at Motown Information. It had been at Motown that she fulfilled her coach and paramour-to-be, Rick Adam, who finished up doing every one of the composing and producing on her behalf debut record of 1979, Crazy and Tranquil. That LP, which boasted her strike duet with Adam, “I’m Only a Sucker female Like,” didn’t display Marie’s picture — a lot of programmers at dark radio simply assumed she was dark. When her second recording, Lady T, arrived, a lot of the R&B globe was surprised to observe how fair-skinned she was. But to numerous of the dark R&B fans who have been consuming her music up, it certainly didn’t matter — underneath collection was she was a first-rate spirit singer whose like of dark culture went deep. By her third recording, 1980’s platinum Irons within the Open fire, Marie was performing the majority of her personal composing and generating. That recording boasted the main hit “I WANT Your Lovin’,” and Marie proceeded to go gold once again with her following album, It SHOULD BE Magic (including the major strike “Square Biz”). It SHOULD BE Magic ended up being her last record for Motown, which she acquired an awful legal struggle with. Marie got away from her agreement with Motown, as well as the case were left with the courts transferring what is referred to as “The Teena Marie Laws” — which expresses a label cannot maintain an musician under agreement without placing out an recording by her or him. Switching to Epic in 1983, Marie documented her fifth recording, Robbery, and experienced popular with “CORRECT IT.” In 1984, Marie documented her sixth recording, Starchild, and experienced her biggest pop strike ever with “Lovergirl.” Though Marie experienced frequently soared to the very best from the R&B graphs, “Lovergirl” marked the very first time she’d carried out therefore well in the pop marketplace. Ironically, Marie was a white vocalist who had loved little exposure beyond your R&B market ahead of “Lovergirl.” Three even more Epic albums adopted: 1986’s Emerald Town, 1988’s Naked towards the Globe (which included her smash strike “Ooh La La La”), and 1990’s Ivory. However, Marie’s popularity acquired faded considerably with the past due ’80s, and Epic fell her. In 1994, the vocalist released Interest Play on her behalf very own Sarai Information label. A decade later, she agreed upon to Cash Cash and released La Performña, featuring the help of Gerald LeVert, Rick Adam, and MC Lyte. Sapphire implemented two years afterwards. Though both La Performña and Sapphire peaked at number 3 within the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums graph, she turned to Stax on her behalf next recording, 2009’s Congo Square. On Dec 26 the next year, Marie passed away in her rest at her house in Pasadena, California; she was 54 years. Marie’s girl Alia Rose consequently oversaw the combining, mastering, and launch of Gorgeous, an album documented ahead of Marie’s moving. It had been released through UMe in 2012.

Quick Facts


Full Name Teena Marie
Died December 26, 2010, Pasadena, California, United States
Height 1.52 m
Profession Songwriter, Music Producer, Singer-songwriter, Music artist
Education Santa Monica College, Venice High School
Nationality American
Children Alia Rose
Parents Mary Anne Brockert, Thomas Leslie Brockert
Music Songs Fire and Desire, Lovergirl, Portuguese Love, Out on a Limb, Deja Vu, Ooo La La La, Behind the Groove, Dear Lover, Cassanova Brown, If I Were a Bell, Can't Last A Day, Square Biz, Young Love, Aladdin's Lamp, My Dear Mr. Gaye, We've Got to Stop, A Rose by Any Other Name, Just Us Two, Love Me Down Easy, Miracles Need Wings to Fly, Now That I Have You, Still In Love, Cupid Is a Real Straight Shooter, I Love Him Too, The Mackin' Game, It Must Be Magic, Midnight Magnet, My Body's Hungry, First Class Love, You Make Love Like Springtime, Lips to Find You, Love Is a Gangsta
Albums Lady T, It Must Be Magic, Wild and Peaceful, Starchild, Irons in the Fire, Naked to the World, La Doña, Congo Square, Emerald City, Beautiful, Passion Play, Sapphire, Robbery, Ivory, Greatest Hits, Lady T (Expanded Edition 15 Track Version), First Class Love: Rare Tee, Lovergirl, I Need Your Lovin': The Very Best of Teena Marie, 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Teena Marie, Love Songs, Super Hits, Best Of/20th Century
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist
TV Shows The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott, Hip Hop Hold 'Em


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#Fact
1 Her ethnic ancestry was Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Native American.
2 Attended and graduated from Venice High School in Los Angeles, California.
3 Attended Santa Monica City College where she studied English Literature.
4 Following her untimely death, she was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California. She was cremated and her ashes were given to the family members.
5 At the time of her death, Teena Marie had been in the process of completing her album "Beautiful". The album was finished posthumously by her daughter Alia Rose Brockert and released on January 15, 2013.
6 On June 9, 2009, her album "Congo Square" was her first CD on the Stax Records label. The album followed previous CDs on Ca$h Money Classics ("La Dona" and "Sapphire"). This set debuted at #3 and #20 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and 200 albums charted, respectively.
7 Her album "Sapphire" (Ca$h Money Classics/Universal Records 985 389) debuted at #3 on the R&B chart and at #24 on the pop chart. [May 2006]
8 Her album "La Dona" (Ca$h Money Classics/Universal Records 986 236) was released, her first album of new songs since "Passion Play" (Sarai Records) in 1994. the latter was released independently. The former debuted at #3 on the R&B chart and at #6 on the pop chart. [May 2004]
9 On December 26, 2010, Teena Marie was found dead in her home by her daughter, Alia Rose Brockert. Teena died early Sunday morning. It was reported that she died from natural causes. She suffered a grand mal seizure a month prior to her death.
10 Has one daughter: Alia Rose Brockert (born December 25, 1991).
11 Protegee of Rick James.
12 Her manager was Mike Gardner.
13 Her publicist was Lynn Jeter.
14 Friends with LisaRaye McCoy.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entourage 2015 writer: "Peaches N Cream" - as Mary Brockert
One Hit Wonderland TV Series documentary writer - 2 episodes, 2013 - 2014 performer - 1 episode, 2013
My Mad Fat Diary 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
I Don't Know How She Does It 2011 performer: "I'm a Sucker for Your Love"
Dirty Girl 2010 performer: "Lovergirl" / writer: "Lovergirl" - as Teena Marie Brockert
Unsung 2010 TV Series documentary performer - 1 episode
Everybody Hates Chris TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2005 writer - 1 episode, 2005
Maid in Manhattan 2002 performer: "Lovergirl" / writer: "Lovergirl"
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City 2002 Video Game performer: "Behind The Groove" / writer: "Behind The Groove" - as Mary C. Brockert
Baby Boy 2001 writer: "Crip Hop"
Free Tibet 1998 Documentary writer: "Fu-Gee-La" - as T. Marie
Bulworth 1998 writer: "Firm Biz" - as T. Brockert
Saturday Night Live 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Tap 1989 performer: "Bad Boy"
Top Gun 1986 performer: "Lead Me On"
The Goonies 1985 performer: "14K" / producer: "14K" / writer: "14K"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hip Hop Hold 'Em 2006 TV Series
The Beverly Hillbillies 1964 TV Series Beverly

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Squares 1998 TV Series composer: theme "Square Biz" - 2002-2004

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
BET Awards 2011 2011 TV Special in memory of
19th Annual Trumpet Awards 2011 TV Special in memory of
VH1 Rock Docs 2010 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Inside: Teena Marie 2011 TV Movie Herself
The View 2009 TV Series Herself
Unsung 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
'TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival' 2009 TV Movie Herself
17th Annual Trumpet Awards 2009 TV Special Herself
Baisden After Dark 2008 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2006 2006 TV Special Herself
The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott 2005 TV Series Herself / Judge
4th Annual BET Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
Soul Train 1979-2004 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
The 9th Annual Walk of Fame Honoring Aretha Franklin 2003 TV Special Performer
VH-1 Where Are They Now? 2002 TV Series documentary Herself
The Steve Harvey Show 2001 TV Series Herself
32nd NAACP Image Awards 2001 TV Special Herself
100 Greatest Dance Songs of Rock & Roll 2000 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Parkers 2000 TV Series Herself
New York Undercover 1995 TV Series Herself
American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration 1985 TV Special Herself
New American Bandstand 1965 1981-1984 TV Series Herself
The American Music Awards 1982 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Unsung 2010-2015 TV Series documentary Herself
The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards 2011 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2005 Grammy Grammy Awards Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female For the song "I'm Still In Love."


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#Quote
1 I'm a black artist with a white skin. At the end of the day, you have to sing what's in your soul.

#Trademark
1 Distinctive soulful vocals

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