Teena Marie

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There may never be a more soulful, sexy, funky combination of voice and music like that which emanates from the "Ivory Queen of Soul," Teena Marie. Her phenomenal range and unique tone has made her among the most recognizable voices in R&B.  At the age of 17, Teena fulfilled her childhood dream of a music career when she signed with Motown Records. There, she teamed up musically – and for a time, romantically – with funk master Rick James, who produced her debut album, "Wild and Peaceful."  A hit song with James, "Fire and Desire," along with Teena’s robust sound and powerful delivery, helped to overcome long standing racial barriers between black audiences and white singers. Teena talks about leaving Motown at the height of her career, losing her long-time friend Rick James and her fight to take control of her life.

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