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Grammy-Nominated Singer Teena Marie Died in Sleep

December 27, 2010 03:29:57 GMT

The 'Lovegirl' singer's representative confirms that she passed away late Saturday, December 25 at 54 years old.


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Singer/songwriter Teena Marie has died. She was 54. Born Mary Christine Brockert in California in March, 1956, the Grammy Award-nominated star found fame as a protegee of late funk legend Rick James.

As Tina Marie Brockert, she landed a role on TV show "The Beverly Hillbillies" as a child, but her career really took off in the mid-1970s when she signed to Motown Records. As a label artist, she came to the attention of James, who produced her debut album "Wild and Peaceful". The album featured Teena Marie's first big hit, "I'm Just a Sucker for Your Love".

By her third album, 1980's "Irons in the Fire", Teena Marie was writing and producing all her own tunes. The album featured her first top 40 hit, "Need Your Lovin' ". She followed that success by performing "Fire & Desire" with her mentor James on his cult album "Street Sounds". Her solo Motown hits included "Square Biz" and "It Must be Magic".

She also made music industry history in the early 1980s when she took her record label executives at Motown to court over a contract issue - the battle resulted in new laws that made it illegal for a record company to keep an artist under contract without releasing new material. She subsequently left Motown and signed to Epic Records, where she recorded the hits "Fix It", "Shadow Boxing", "Lovergirl" and "Out on a Limb".

The record label and Teena Marie parted company in 1990 and the singer/songwriter spend over a decade behind the scenes and out of the spotlight, devoting herself to her daughter Alia Rose. She returned to the limelight in 2004 after signing to rap label Cash Money Records' Classics spin-off label and released her comeback album, "La Dona".

She ended the decade by releasing the acclaimed Congo Square on Stax/Concord Records in 2009. The album featured the song "Can't Last a Day", a duet with Faith Evans.

As WENN went to press there were no details of Teena Marie's death, which was confirmed by manager Mike Gardner.


 




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posted by Sugarbooga on Jan 03, 2011
R.I.P Tina Maria!You will be missed here in D.C.
posted by little lady on Dec 28, 2010
Tina Marie can't say enough about you lady. You are one of the best singers i have ever heare. RIP
posted by JOJO on Dec 28, 2010
MS.TINA MARIE LOVED YOUR MUSIC ALWAYS WILL WHENEVER ONE OF YOUR SONG WOULD PLAY.I JUST HAVE TO STOP AND LISTEN. I BEEN THERE BEFORE. LOVE IT REST IN PEACE. LOVE YOU ALWAYS,BUT HEAVENLY FATHER LOVES YOU MORE.
posted by chicken on Dec 28, 2010
she was the star at the macy's music festival this summer in cincinnati. tina marie had the entire stadium rocking. i am so glad we got a chance to see her. she will be sorely missed.
posted by teddy on Dec 28, 2010
Gone but never forgotten.You were the Ivory Queen. Rest in peace Lady T.
posted by Angela73 on Dec 27, 2010
R.I.P. Ms. Teena Marie, i've always loved u and all ur Music especially oh la la love and out on a limb u have always touchd hearts and will never b 4gotn i love u!
posted by free2visit2 on Dec 27, 2010
Another one gone to soon, thank goodness we still have her music to enjoy.
posted by bkarate215 on Dec 27, 2010
what a voice showed that soul is not a color. Saw her at the Garden in new york. Fire and desire my all time favorite. Music and R&B has lost a songstress.
posted by sexy on Dec 27, 2010
I loved Tina Marie & God knows she's n heaven singing with the Angels as she was an Angel herself!!God Bless The Family
posted by Tweety on Dec 27, 2010
I was blessed to see Tina last year at Wingate park. I will never forget it she put on a great proformance. RIP Tina
posted by Mahogany k on Dec 27, 2010
Teena i know your in the heavens smiling down on all of your fans and loved ones. U will be greatly missed and i will surely keep your family in my prayers. I hate i never made one of your concerts but im thankful to have your music around for comfort. R.I.P. TEENA gone so soon!*tear*
posted by debra on Dec 27, 2010
I will miss you very much and your music.
posted by westcoas1 on Dec 27, 2010
Legends might be gone but never forgoton! Her career brought good times and happiness to alot of fans! YOUNG AND OLD ALIKE! YOU WILL BE SORELY MISSED!
posted by bonnie rodney on Dec 27, 2010
tina you will be greatly missed.r.i.p. to her daugther may god bless and make you strong. GOD LOVE US PLACE HIM FIRST!
posted by dana dane on Dec 27, 2010
tina u will be missed a great deal may u rest in peace!
posted by Melanie on Dec 27, 2010
I'm going to miss her. I got a nose ring because I'm one of her biggest fans and love her music so much. I can't cry enough tears of the pain I feel in my heart.
posted by shygirl34 on Dec 26, 2010
gone but will never b forgotten
posted by Ursula on Dec 26, 2010
I can't believe it!I love your music so much,you always touched my heart when ever you song. There's only one comfort here and that is God has you now and there's no better hands to be in. May God bless your fmily and keep them strong
posted by Leese on Dec 26, 2010
Fire and desire rip Teena
posted by Loveall41972 on Dec 26, 2010
We Lost another great one Too young. RIP Tina Marie!
posted by TJ on Dec 26, 2010
R.I.P MS TEENA MARIE YOY WILL FOREVER BE MISSED. LOVED YOU AND YOUR MUSIC.
posted by mslexi on Dec 26, 2010
R.I.P. Tina Marie!
posted by mzlexi on Dec 26, 2010
p.i.p tina marie! you will be missed!

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