Artists deliver Teena Marie remembrances
As news of R&B veteran Teena Marie's death resonated through news and social network outlets Sunday night and Monday (12/26-27), fans, friends and fellow artists took to the Internet to voice their reactions.
Twitter proved to be the medium of choice for most fellow artists, though Lenny Kravitz recorded a video message remembering Marie, who died at 54, on his iPhone from Paris.
"I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for Teena," said Kravitz in his video tribute. "She took me in when I was around 16. I was just a musician on the street. I was living from pillar to post. She took me in, she gave me a bedroom, she fed me, she cooked for me, she took care of me. She gave me instruments to play, she took me to all her recording sessions. She took me to concerts, she nurtured me and helped me to become who I am."
Kravitz' full video appears below.
Songwriting duo Gamble & Huff issued a written statement saying, "We're shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Teena Marie. She was one of the most memorable, soulful and unique R&B vocalists to come out of Motown. We send or condolences to Teena's family, the entire Motown family and of course, our dear friend Berry Gordy."
Marie's record label -- she released her final album in 2009 -- issued a statement that read in part, "The enduring influence of Teena's inspirational, trailblazing career, could only have been made possible through her brilliant song-writing, showmanship and high energy passion which laid the ground work for the future generations of R&B, hip-hop, and soul. We feel extremely fortunate to have worked with a visionary who changed music in indelible ways. Our deepest sympathies go out to her family, friends and of course, millions of fans around the world."
Questlove: "Again the mark of a TRUE ARTIST is when their album cuts get more love than the hits. Marie's magic was defined by her album cuts."
Rev Run: "R.I.P. To one of the most unique and incredible singer of our time.. Teena Marie.. You will be missed!"
Sheila E: "I will miss my girl Teena Marie, Real music by real people. God bless my sistah and her family. U will be missed."
Missy Elliott: "My Prayers go out to Teena Marie's family. Teena created music that is Timeless! Songs sung with soul and conviction a True LEGEND!"
Kathy Valentine rewteeted by Pink: "THIS SUCKS-- heard that Teena Marie passed away. RIP. she was an original and one of a kind. sad."
Mary J. Blige: "Rest in peace Teena Mari. My Love love for u is forever."
Snoop Dogg: "Rest in Peace Teena Marie"
Toni Braxton: "RIP to Teena Marie such a talented and beautiful person inside and out. She was so young! She will never be forgotten!"
Lalah Hathaway: "Teena was truly one of the most beautiful authentic women I have ever met."
Alicia Keys: "God bless Teena Marie & her Family!Sending Blessings &prayers I was jus sayin tht fire & desire is 1 of the most beautifully performd songs!"
Mark Ronson: "R.I.P. Teena Marie. she's a bonafide legend of R&B. i must have spun her records over 5,000 times and will continue to. X"
Brandy: "R.I.P Teena Marie!! You are loved and will be very missed:) Thank you for being an INSPIRATION!!"
Deborah Cox: "R.I.P Teena Marie!! You are loved and will be very missed:) Thank you for being an INSPIRATION!!"
Jodi Watley: "All I could do last night is pray for a daughter whose Mom passed on too soon. Artist's are people w/families & sometimes that gets lost.... I met Teena Marie & her daughter a couple of months ago at DIVAS Simply Singing..as a Mom I related to the obvious bond. They glowed w/love."
Ashanti: "R.I.P to the Very Talented & Soulful Teena Marie many Prayers and Blessings to her Family."
SoundSpike's list of artist Twitter accounts mentioned in this story is at http://twitter.com/#!/soundspike/artists.