|Genres:||Disco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul funk female vocalists rnb 80s|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||BBC Music Lyrics Wikipedia|
Mary Christine Brockert, 5 March 1957, Santa Monica, California, USA. A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, arranger and producer, Teena Marie is rightly fêted as one of the few white artists to sustain a consistent career in the US soul market. Spotted by Motown Records Berry Gordy in the 70s, he linked her up with funk star and labelmate Rick James, and her early career strongly reflected their joint influences. The highly commercial 1979 debut album, Wild And Peaceful, saw her backed by James and the Stone City Band on a set that included their hit duet, Im A Sucker For Your Love. She returned the favour by partnering James on Fire And Desire on his Street Songs album in 1981.
Afterwards, Marie took increasing control of her career and songwriting, singing both ballads and funk. She achieved great success on the R&B charts, while both I Need Your Lovin and Square...