Teena Marie

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Mary Christine Brockert (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010), 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; she later acquired the nickname of "Lady Tee" (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by collaborator and friend, Rick James.

She was known for her distinctive soulful vocals, which initially caused many listeners to believe she was black. Her success in R&B and soul and loyalty to these genres would earn her the title "Ivory Queen of Soul". She played rhythm guitar, keyboards, and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang, and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the Fire, which she later said was her favorite album.

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Year Title Rating Releases
1979 Wild and Peaceful 3
1980 Irons in the Fire 4
1980 Lady T 3
1981 It Must Be Magic 3
1983 Robbery 1
1984 Starchild 4
1986 Emerald City 1
1988 Naked to the World 2
1989 Robbery 2
1990 Ivory 4
1994 Passion Play 1
2004 La Doña 1
2006 Sapphire 1
2009 Congo Square 1
2011 First Class Love: Rare Tee 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Greatest Hits Compilation 1
1994 I Need Your Lovin': The Very Best of Teena Marie Compilation 1
1997 Lovergirl Compilation 1
2000 Ultimate Collection Compilation 2
2000 Love Songs Compilation 1
2011 ICON Compilation 1
2011 Playlist: The Very Best of Teena Marie Compilation 1

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