By on January 16, 2013



Beautiful is a labor of love for Teena Marie’s only daughter, Alia Rose.

Before her untimely death at the age of 54 on the day after Christmas 2010, Teena Marie, known as “Lady Tee,” the Ivory Queen of Soul, wrote, produced, arranged and sang on 13 albums that have sold over 2.5 million copies.

Teena Marie was working on her 14th and latest album for Universal Music Enterprises, Beautiful, at the time of her passing, the follow-up to 2009’s Congo Square, which peaked at #4 on the R&B chart and went to #20 on the album chart. Recorded at her Pasadena home studio and finished except for final mixes, Beautiful was seen through to its conclusion by Teena’s 20-year-old daughter, Alia Rose, who sings with her Mom on two tracks.

USA Today Gives Beautiful “3 1/2 Stars” (out of 4)!
“Lady Tee’s untimely death at age 54 in 2010 stilled one of music’s most soulful voices. She left her 14th album (finished by singer/daughter Alia Rose), which brims with her trademark lush ballads and swaggering jams. It’s a beautiful parting gift.” — Steve Jones

“Beautiful” is a mother’s gift to her daughter, who returns the gesture the only way she knows how, by completing it. The end result is a true labor of love.


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.