CNN has just confirmed what so many of us have been worried about on twitter for the past couple of hours. Teena Marie has died.
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May her family and loved ones be embraced by God’s love at this time. God bless her. Rest in Peace, homegirl.
(CNN) — Teena Marie, a celebrated R&B singer-songwriter, was found dead Sunday at her California home, her manager said.
Born Mary Christine Brockert in Santa Monica, California, the 54-year-old artist famously paired with late funk legend Rick James and was nominated four times for a Grammy Award, according to her official website.
Marie was found dead by her daughter after apparently dying in her sleep, manager Mike Gardner said.
“Teena was a black voice trapped in a white body,” said Cathy Hughes, founder of Radio One, a broadcasting company that targets African-American and urban listeners. “I would always tell her that she was one of the greatest vocalists of our time.”
Among her songs were “Lovergirl,” “Portuguese Love,” “Ooo La La La,” and “I’m a Sucker for Your Love.”
While no cause of death has been released, the singer’s publicist Lynn Jeter said that Marie suffered a grand mal seizure — a neurological event, marked by loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions, according to the Mayo Clinic — a month ago.
“Luckily, someone was there,” Jeter said of that seizure. “The ambulance took her to the hospital, and on the way she had another seizure.”
The publicist said that she had a “great” conversation on Saturday with Marie, who told her that she was excited about heading to Atlanta to perform this week — in what would have been her first performance since the seizure.
Marie sang under various record labels, including Motown, Epic and Cash Money Classics, since bursting on the scene as a 19-year-old, according to her website. Her most recent album, Sapphire, features collaborations with Smokey Robinson, Kurupt and Gerald Albright.
Eddie Levert, founder of the vocal group The O’Jays, praised Marie as both a singer and mother.
“There are a lot of black people who swore by her and believed in her, as far as her music was concerned,” he said. “She was a good mom, and to me, that is saying a lot.” SOURCE
…. and that doesn’t happen a LOT (which is why I avoid listening to the 90′s slow jams on a regular basis – lol)
What ALSO doesn’t happen often is someone passing along a song to me (especially 90′s R&B) and me never having heard it … Usually my homeboy Jordan is the ONE person to consistently surprise me with joints like the one I’m about to post.
Music like this makes me miss being in a relationship. Miss being in love and miss the warmth, comfort and sexiness of love-making. Enjoy!
YES, Michael. I love the way this joint comes in. Makes you just wanna get UP and boogie.
No words needed. I ask ALL the time and I’ll ask again … where did the music go???
I recognize what’s beautiful in music …
This track, when it dropped, was MY joint! You know how when you play something out because you love it so much but then sometimes forget about it ? And then you download or listen to an ill mixtape and you are reminded just how DOPE an artist is? And afterwards, you’re thankful for being reminded of what you felt the first time you listened to it? You’re brought back to a time where the track made you feel GOOD about music. Made you feel GOOD about what you were hearing. Ace does that for me. This track does that for me. It’s the production, the flow, the mellowness, the lyricism. It’s Ace. It’s beautiful.
Recognize what’s beautiful in music because the industry is oversaturated with crap right now. Be greatful for tracks like this one that make you FEEL something …
…. and I’m grooving to some music that will keep me level headed and stop me from punching a hole in the wall or throwing the keyboard at my professor’s head – lol … the song that has me calm:
RIP Mr. Gerald Levert ♥