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Teena Marie

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 - December 26th, 2010) was an American Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriterâ€. producer. (Born Mary Christine Brockert) Marie, nicknamed Lady T, was a protegée of late funk legend Rick James, and is notable as one of the few successful multi-ethnic performers of R&B. She sang R&B with big, robust vocals, and played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also had written, produced, sung and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She has quoted this as being her favorite album. She is survived by a daughter named Alia ...read more

Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 - December 26th, 2010) was an American Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriterâ€. producer. (Born Mary Christine Brockert) Marie, nicknamed Lady T, was a protegée of late funk legend Rick James, and is notable as one of the few successful multi-ethnic performers of R&B. She sang R&B with big, robust vocals, and played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also had written, produced, sung and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release Irons in the Fire. She has quoted this as being her favorite album. She is survived by a daughter named Alia Rose who, as of 2009, sings under the name Rose Le Beau.

Early LifeMarie was born in Santa Monica, California. She is of Belgian, Portuguese, Irish, Italian, and Native American ancestry. Marie grew up in Oakwood, a neighborhood in West Los Angeles. As a child, she had an acting role on The Beverly Hillbillies, credited as Tina Marie Brockert. She also sang at the wedding of actor Jerry Lewis’s son when she was 10 years old.

Marie worked briefly at Pup ‘n’ Taco in the mid 1970s while attending Venice High School, where she joined the Summer Dance Production, and also had a role in the school’s production of The Music Man.

1979–1981: Motown eraMarie signed with Motown Records in 1976, having gained an introduction to staff producer Hal Davis (best known for his work with the Jackson 5) and then auditioned, with her then band, for label boss Berry Gordy. She recorded unreleased material with a number of different producers, including Kerner and Wise, but was then spotted by Rick James, who effectively became her mentor. (Some of the earlier unreleased material has since been made available on compilation albums. « hide

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LPs
Beautiful
01/15/2013

2.8
2 Votes
Congo Square
2009

2
1 Votes
Sapphire
2006

2
1 Votes
Wild And Peaceful
2005

3
2 Votes
La Dona
2004

2.5
1 Votes
Irons in the Fire
2003

3.3
2 Votes
It Must Be Magic
2002

3.5
2 Votes
Funk Biz
2001

2.5
1 Votes
Lady T
1991

4
1 Votes
Ivory
1990

3.8
2 Votes
Naked to the World
1988

3.8
2 Votes
Robbery
1983

1.8
2 Votes
Compilations
Icon
2011

Love Songs
2008

Greatest Hits
2008

Super Hits
2002

Ultimate Collection
2000

Lovergirl: The Teena Marie Story
1997

4
1 Votes
Motown Milestones: Best of
1996

I Need Your Lovin: Best of
1994

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