It’s been two years since the death of blue-eyed soul artist Teena Marie, but that doesn’t mean new music isn’t on the way.
Before her passing, Lady Tee was putting the finishing touches on her 14th studio album Beautiful. Thanks to her 21-year-old daughter Alia Rose, the 15-track project is set to be released January 15.
Rose co-wrote the song “Sweet Tooth” with her mother, and is featured on the cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Give Me Your Loving,” and “Rare Breed.”
In a recent interview, Rose tells Ebony Magazine:
“It was just something that I had to do. I was a lot different than I used to be. You know, I had a lot of growing up to do, and I feel like this project is almost like a milestone for me. Like, people don’t even know all of the stories behind everything. They just get to appreciate the art. But there was so much emotional weight behind it.”
She also goes on the say:
“It was more so a burden at first. Honestly, I’m not gonna lie to you. My mom isn’t here and I have to put out her last album. So all of a sudden, like maybe eight months ago, they’re starting to send me all the mixes for the album. I listened to the album all the way through in my car—I do a lot of thinking in my car—and all of a sudden it was like I heard it for the very first time.”
Beautiful is supposed to sound similar to Teena’s earlier mainstream albums. Can’t wait to hear what these lovely ladies put together.