*TV One will air an encore of its “Unsung” episode featuring Teena Marie on Thursday at 10 p.m. (Dec. 30), the network announced. [Or watch below.]
The episode premiered in November of 2009.
At the age of 17, Teena fulfilled her childhood dream of a music career when she signed with Motown Records. There, she teamed up musically – and for a time, romantically – with funk master Rick James, who produced her debut album, “Wild and Peaceful.”
A hit song with James, “Fire and Desire,” along with Teena’s robust sound and powerful delivery, helped to overcome long standing racial barriers between black audiences and white singers.
In “Unsung,” Teena talks about leaving Motown at the height of her career, losing her long-time friend Rick James and her fight to take control of her life.