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Beautiful is the album Teena Marie was in the process of completing at the time of her unexpected death at age 54 in 2010. “Rare Breed” and “The Long Play” are among the songs that show her unwillingness to let her brand of soul music become cynical or clichéd. She maintained maximum integrity throughout her career, understanding that longevity in soul music was a matter of nurturing the genre's timeless qualities while also embracing its latest innovations. A perfect example is the cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Love,” recorded with Teena Marie’s daughter, Alia Rose (who oversaw the album's completion after her mother’s death). The performance captures the lushness and generosity of vintage soul while sounding as fresh and contemporary as anything by Beyoncé. The deep, sultry atmosphere of “Wild Horses” was perhaps the last bittersweet example of Teena Marie’s ability to entice listeners deep into her internal world. Beautiful helps fill the gaping hole her passing left in the R&B community.

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I Love It

I am a huge Lady T fan and love every one of her releases, but this is her best in years!!! I'm so sad that it's her last. I can only the imagine the music and gifts she had yet to share. Buy this. You will NOT be disappoined.

Teena is Still Beautiful!

When Teena sings "You know, yeah, you ooo know. Baby you know, yeah, you ooo know" on the track Definition of Down, how can't you not be hooked on her ballads? Thank You Alia for blessing us one more time with your mom's music.


Thank you Alia Rose for this album! Your mother is a Legend of R&B/Soul!! Love "The Long Play" her broadcasting from Heaven above! And, finally her studio version of "OOO Baby Baby" LOVE IT! I pay tribute 365!! Rest In Peace Sweet Lady Tee!!!


Born: March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No white artist sang R&B more convincingly than Teena Marie, whose big, robust vocals were so black-sounding that when she was starting out, some listeners wondered if she was a light-skinned African-American. Marie grew up in west Los Angeles in a neighborhood that was nicknamed "Venice Harlem" because of its heavy black population. The singer/songwriter/producer was in her early twenties when, around 1977, she landed a job at Motown Records. It was at Motown that she met her mentor and paramour-to-be,...
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