Mary Christine Brockert, better known by her stage name Teena Marie (March 5, 1956 – December 26, 2010) was an American singer, songwriter and producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protégée of funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B and the first white person to be signed to theMotown record label in 1979. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote,produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980 release, Irons in the , which she said was her favorite album. She had a daughter, Alia Rose, who, as of 2009, sang under the name Rose LeBeau. Marie died of natural causes on Sunday, December 26, 2010, at home in Pasadena, California. All I can say is may God bless your soul and thank you for the great music and great legendary songs..