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Teena Marie

American singer-songwriter and producer

Died when: 54 years 297 days (657 months)
Star Sign: Pisces

 

Teena Marie

{{Infobox musical artist| honorific_prefix = | name = Teena Marie| image = Teena Marie.jpg| caption = Teena Marie performing in 2010| background = solo_singer| birth_name = Mary Christine Brockert| birth_date = March 5, 1956| birth_place = Santa Monica, California, U.S.| death_date = December 26, 2010 (aged 54)| death_place = Pasadena, California, U.S. | instrument = * Vocals * guitar * piano * percussion | genre = * R&B * soul * funk | occupation = * Singer * songwriter * musician * record producer * arranger | years_active = 1964–2010 | label = * Gordy * Epic * CBS * Cash Money * Universal * Stax * Motown * Concord | associated_acts = {{hlist|[[Rick James, Ozone, Q.T.Hush, Marvin Gaye, Bernadette Cooper,Eve (rapper),Faith Evans, Pattie Brooks, Patrice Rushen, Gerald Levert,Jill Jones, Pamela Williams,Patti Labelle and YoYo (rapper)| website = teenamarie.com}} Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), known professionally as Teena Marie, was an American singer-songwriter, musician, composer, arranger, and producer.

She was known by her childhood nickname Tina before taking the stage name Teena Marie and later acquired the nickname Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by her collaborator and friend, Rick James.

She was known for her distinctive soprano vocals, which caused many listeners to believe she was black.Her success in R&B and soul music, and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title Ivory Queen of Soul.

She played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas.Teena Marie was a three-time Grammy Award nominee.


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