There may never be a more soulful, sexy, funky combination of voice and music like that which emanates from the “Ivory Queen of Soul,” Teena Marie. Signed by Motown at 17, and teamed up musically ““ and for a time, romantically ““ with funk master Rick James, who produced her debut album, Wild and Peaceful, and later put together their steamy duet, “Fire and Desire,” one of the all time stage show-stoppers. That, and Teena’s robust sound and powerful delivery, helped to overcome long stand ing racial barriers between Black audiences and white singers. Under the auspices of James, she launched a ground-breaking initiative that allowed her to leave Motown at the height of her career, and also revolutionized the relationship between musicians and record labels throughout the industry. Teena went on to solely produce every subsequent album in her career, while earning four Grammy nominations, and recording a host of classic R&B hit singles, including “Square Biz,” “Lover Girl,” “Oh La La La” and “Portuguese Love.” She also shared a poignant reunion on stage with her friend and mentor Rick James, shortly before his passing in 2005. It’s all part of an inspirational story, still unfolding, of a woman who poured her life into music, and whose music has enriched our lives.