On December 26th we lost another soul music icon, Ms.Teena (Lady T) Marie. Those of us from a certain age group can remember growing up listening to her music as it blasted its way through the inner city neighborhoods of America and even abroad. The richness and soul of her music made us marvel at the talents of this multi faceted women. She started out as a protege of funk legend Rick James under the Motown label. She soon carved out her own niche as a solo artist with a number of memorable tunes that will stay with us forever not to mention the new music that she has put out over the last 5 years. She passed away in her sleep at the age of 54 in her Pasadena, California home. She was found by her 19 year old daughter, Alia Rose who’s also a singer, the day after Teena threw a surprise birthday party for her. Many musical artists have commented on her death and have even sung her most popular tunes in honor of the fallen musical legend not to mention the millions of Black people that were shocked by the news of her passing, myself included. Teena Marie you will be missed but your music will live on.
R.I.P Ivory Soul Queen