Teairra Mari Biography
The newly crowned “Princess Of the Roc,” Teairra Marí, wasn’t even born when Eric B. and Rakim unleashed “My Melody,” the hip-hop classic who’s sample is featured in her debut single, “Make Her Feel Good.” But when the 17-year-old Detroit native heard the bass-heavy gem recycled she immediately knew she had found the cornerstone of her signature sound. Teairra Marí recalls, “When I heard that track, I was like, ‘This is the one, because it’s simple but also huge.’”
The enthusiasm that “Make Her Feel Good” set off at The Island Def Jam Music Group marked a defining moment in Teairra Mari’s young career, which began at age 12 when she started recording rough demos in her cousin’s basement. Despite scoring a local radio hit with one of those early songs, four years passed before Teairra Marí’s demo landed on the desk of Island Def Jam Group Chairman, Antonio ‘LA’ Reid, who signed the then 16-year-old singer on the spot at a brief meeting where she performed live. “I couldn’t believe it,” she says. “I was crying because I was so happy. I feel like everyone’s behind me, which is a great feeling to have coming from a time when it seemed that nobody believed in me or wanted to hear me.”
In the first creative collaboration since Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter became President of Def Jam Music Group, he and LA Reid recruited hit-making songwriter, Sean Garrett (“Lose My Breath,” “Goodies,” “Yeah!”), to help translate Teairra Marí’s innermost thoughts and emotions into lyrics. The two successfully completed “Make Her Feel Good,” a defining first single from the R&B ingénue’s forthcoming album scheduled to be released June 7, 2005 on Roc-A-Fella Records. ‘Make Her Feel Good’ is just a peek into her full-length album, which she describes as “a girl’s dictionary.”
“When Sean started writing the lyrics for ‘Make Her Feel Good,’ it was because of stories I was telling him about my guy friends,” explains Teairra Marí, whose musical influences and inspirations include Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin (her grandmother sang back-up for the Queen of Soul), Prince, Sade, Patti LaBelle and Minnie Ripperton.
“I was like, ‘I’m sick of this guy; he won’t call me.’ I was sitting right there when Sean was writing the song, and I was just basically telling him about how I deal with guys. When the song was finished, I was like, ‘Yes! That is me! That’s what I go through all the time.’ Not only is it me, it’s other girls too. Other girls can relate because I know that’s how they feel. Every girl that has heard the song is like, ‘Omigod! Thank you, Teairra.’”
“Everybody at the label was excited when they heard ‘Make Her Feel Good’,” Teairra Marí, remembers. “The whole building was just shaking. Jay-Z was like, ‘You have so much personality, and I love it.’” Because of the real and uncensored emotion portrayed in the song, Shawn Carter, felt Teairra Marí’s debut album was a natural to be released under the Roc-A-Fella Records brand.
In addition to honestly representing a young woman’s point of view on life, Teairra Marí is excited about representing for her hometown, Detroit. “Right now, everything’s all about the whole Southern movement, so me coming in from the Midwest is like a breath of fresh air. There’s no other city in America like Detroit. It’s just fly, and I love it. Our swagger, the way we dress—everything is so different and laid back, which is how I am. You walk up the street and everybody has a different colored mink, Cartier glasses—everything. We like to floss and be seen, so we don’t have to say much. Every time someone sees me, they’re like, ‘Girl, you sharp!’ and I’m like, ‘Yes, I’m from Detroit.’”
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teairramarisucks | Reviewer: faith | 3/26/11
U noe wat teairra mari sucks. She has good taste in clothes && dhes preety && all but she's just wack. All she dose is be maing remixes of peoples songs. She is a hoe && should not be in the music indusrty. She is a discrace to all women because she dresses half naked in evrey video she made. Also she is not a good artist cuz her career is down below && katy parry is way high. Katy perry id original && is way better && hlf of teairra maris songs are talking sex && other garbage. Her music has no purpose && hasent pushed anyone to go far in like. I agree with u && she had no talent. She sucks && that's why she's never on t.v excepy lottery ticket && she was a hoe in that mive. I didn't expect her not to be in a sex scence. Hoochie mama look at her pictures on facebbook && that's digusting && so is her. I agree with the prrson that hates her. U have wrds of wisdom
Teairra Mari sucks and is a disgrace | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/16/10
this artist is a disgrace to all women out there. i know there are others but you came out a second time in the most whorish way possible.... look at yourself....are you serious with that sponsor video or that hey daddy video.. women like you is what make the men think of other women as whores... disgusting and repulsive.. i don't know whose representing you but they leading you in the wrong direction
u are my ido | Reviewer: taneicha | 5/23/07
u are my ido i wish i was just like u and
that song no daddy is my favorite song and i like that son not ready to
teairra mari will go places | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/27/06
hi everybody reading this i just want to let u know that teairra mari has got morrrree talent that you aint seen in a while.She is different unique,talented and she will go places if you are doubting just wait and see.Her first album is really good and the second one coming up is going to be even more better.
Teairra Mari's number one fan 4ever
Teairra Mari | Reviewer: Marit | 3/20/06
I can tell that she is my favourite singer right now...She so beautiful and she's got a beautiful voice...what else? Teairra Mari is just the Best!
I love you!
the best new r&b artist this year... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 1/15/06
Teairra Mari is so talented. She sounds like the next Ashanti. She might be even better than Ashanti. I'm kinda surprised that she doesnt get as much promotion as she deserves especially cuz she was discovered by Jay-Z. Act Right is one of the best songs that ive heard in a while.
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