Mary Christine Brockert, better known as Teena Marie, was a force of nature.
She was a multi-instrumentalist, a vocalist, a producer, arranger, and a songwriter. She worked with many luminaries, and of course, the great Rick James.
But even the work she did outside of Rick James was amazing. Enter “Behind The Groove,” one of my favorite Teena Marie songs. It’s taken from her 1980 album Lady T. It was produced by Richard Rudolph, the widowed husband of Minnie Riperton. As a matter of fact, Maya Rudolph, aged 7, appears on a track on this album.
“Behind The Groove” is an unrelenting, funk filled trip down a soulful lane that has aged well. I love this song and I feel like you would too. Check out the album on Spotify too. RIP Teena Marie!