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.
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
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
Her ethnic ancestry was Irish, Italian, Portuguese and Native American.
Attended and graduated from Venice High School in Los Angeles, California.
Attended Santa Monica City College where she studied English Literature.
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.
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.
On June 9, 2009, her album "Congo Square" was her first CD on the Stax Records label. The album followed previous CDs on Ca$h Money Classics ("La Dona" and "Sapphire"). This set debuted at #3 and #20 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop and 200 albums charted, respectively.
Her album "Sapphire" (Ca$h Money Classics/Universal Records 985 389) debuted at #3 on the R&B chart and at #24 on the pop chart. [May 2006]
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]
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.