Welcome again you beautiful humans to a very special edition of my Divaz At Work ear candy experiences. Today I feature and celebrate the work of an Icon. I don’t throw that word around loosely, it has to be deserved. But, this diva deserves all the platitudes that were given to her. I deem her a Diva of the highest caliber. I am blessed to bring to you today in Black Diamond style the craft and stylings of “Teena Marie” aka “Lady T ~ The Ivory Queen of Soul.”

Born Mary Christine Brockert in March 5, 1956 in Venice Beach California, she was known by the nicknames “Tina”, “Vanilla Child”, “Lil Smokey”, “White Chocolate” and “Lady Tee”. She later became known professionally by her stage name Teena Marie aka Lady T. Teena acquired the nickname Lady Tee (sometimes spelled Lady T), given to her by her collaborator and good friend, Rick James.

Teena was the first singer that I remember the term “Blue eyed soul” coined for. Teena sang with soooo much Soul that many in the music industry affectionately called her the “Blackest white girl in music”. But, many need to understand that Teena Marie was much more than just a supreme vocalist…she was a musical movement.

Teena aside from having a distinctive soulful soprano voice, she played rhythm guitars, keyboards, drums and congas. She was the consummate singer, arranger, composer, song writer, musician and producer all her career. This was done especially at a time when women were not doing all those things on the levels Teena was in music.

Teena was simply a force of music and made some of the baddest funk music along with one of the greatest funk musicians of his time Rick James. Her music always had a latin flavor to it and she wrote some of the most powerful ballads and slow grooves till this day. I must say that in my opinion Teena is one of the baddest white girl to ever do it in music.

Teena I and many like me thank you for your soul. You truly express beautifully that Soul truly has no color, it’s truly something that lives in your heart! Sooooo, I bring to you today the timeless music of a movement, the sweet, soulful bird with the beautiful spirit…the blackest white girl that soul music has known. Ladies and gentlemen welcome to world of the Ivory Queen of Soul…White Chocolate…the Vanilla Child…


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    Soul, Teena Marie, Vocals, Soul, Funk, Latin soul, Slow Jams, Oldies, Rhythm & Blues
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