Teena Marie

(Mary Christine Brockert)

Teena Marie
Teena Marie
  • Born: March 5, 1956
  • Died: December 26, 2010
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record Producer, Arranger

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Mary Christine Brockert, better known by her stage name Teena Marie, was an American singer-songwriter, 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.

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All in all, it's been a wonderful, wonderful ride. I don't plan on stopping anytime soon.
I always try to be a trend setter. That's what I always tell young people when I'm giving them advice. To go with their heart and don't follow the trends.
I constantly tour, even when I don't have a record out.
I have a deep affinity for New Orleans - its like a second home to me - they treat me like I'm their own.
I have a different mentality when it comes to catering to a man, I just won't allow it. Don't get me wrong, I'll do for you but I'm not taking care of no man and catering to him for life; he better be bringing something to the table. I learned that from my mother and my grandmother. Life
I have enough love to last me a lifetime! Thank God I'll never lose my imagination and my passion. That's really what it is. I'm still passionate about what I do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I just really always try to do what's in my heart and I'm still passionate about the music; I still love what I am doing. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Music, Chants & Rapps
I just think it's a blessing that I was able to have the gift of words and to be able to put them into music. I was given a great gift all the way around. I didn't ever have to really go out and look for songs, you know. Music, Chants & Rapps
I know I have sex appeal, but I've never felt like an actual sex symbol. Fans sometimes think I am. The majority of them are sweet about it, but occasionally somebody weird becomes totally fixated upon me.
I play guitar, piano, bass and percussion.
I still have a passion for the music, which is such a beautiful thing. I still wake up in the middle of the night out of a dream and have a melody in my head, and run to my piano. Music, Chants & Rapps
I think that's the problem in a lot of music. We've got these record labels. Music, Chants & Rapps
I try to keep my ear to the streets without sacrificing who I am as an artist. If a song needs a drum machine I'll use a drum machine. If it needs a drummer, I'll use a real drummer.
I would walk down the hall with my guitar and play for anyone that would listen. As a young kid I was really driven and I was going to make it happen no matter what.
I write in all keys. I've always written in all keys. I've probably written a lot of songs in A.
I'm from California, and still live in LA.
It's just a whole different thing, and it's just that my life has been a blessing, and I thank god every day for the gifts that he has given me and for my daughter and to be able to watch her grow and be a part of her joys and her excitement and what she wants to do in life. Life ;Religion & God
My first album came out in 1979.
OK, so truth hurts - but what else does truth do? Truth
Overall my race hasn't been a problem. I'm a Black artist with White skin. At the end of the day you have to sing what's in your own soul.
There were times I used to go to parties when I was, you know, like 15-, 16-years-old, and I'd always bring my guitar, and all my friends would be like, sing one of the Smokey songs. And everything I sang was his music, and I could sound just like him. Music, Chants & Rapps
They told me that they are starting a classic label, and wanted me to be the first artist. So I signed, and am producing myself, and writing my own music, but I'm their first artist on their classic label. And I have creative control. Music, Chants & Rapps
This is a gift. This is a gift from God. It's really like the old Biblical passage that talks about your body being a temple. That's not to say that I've never done anything but I've never abused myself. Never gone over the top for a long period of time. Time ;Religion & God
You never know where a blessing can come from.

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