Singer Teena Marie Dead at 54
The soulful singer and Rick James Protege has passed away.
As a little kid, you might have remembered hearing Lovergirl blaring from the radio. The singer for that song and of Fire and Desire and I‘m A Sucker for Your Love,a tall brunette by the name of Teena Marie, was found dead in her bed at her home in California on Sunday by her daughter. The cause of death has not yet been released.
In a joint statement from Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, R and B pioneers on the passing of this Grammy nominated singer, they state, “We’re shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Teena Marie. She was one of the most memorable, soulful and unique R&B vocalists to come out of Motown. We send or condolences to Teena’s family, the entire Motown family and of course, our dear friend Berry Gordy.”
Teena Marie was signed to Motown Records in 1979. Her debut release Wild and Peaceful contained a duet with Rick James. The two would have a volatile professional and personal relationship that lasted manyyears.The singer-songwriter played the rhythm guitar, congas and keyboards.
Marie switched labelsand signed to Epic Records in 1983 and released a slew of albums for them, including Robbery and Emerald City. She left them in the mid 90s, produced an album of her own, then signed onto Cash Money Records.
Nicknamed “The Ivory Queen of Soul,” Marie, born Marie Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, Californa, she was known for her pitch-perfect voice. Teena Marie overcame an addiction to prescription pain killers and released her last album Congo Square in 2009.
PJ Gach is the Senior Editor:Style + Beauty at BettyConfidential.