*Teena Marie may bring memories of classic songs to mind for fans, but the late singer is remembered most for being one thing in the eyes of Alia Rose: mom.
The young entertainer, now 20, who follows in Teena Marie’s footsteps as a vocalist, is doing her part to keep her mother’s legacy alive as a co-executive producer for Centric’s new documentary “Being: Teena Marie” and the driving force behind bringing Marie’s final album, “Beautiful,” to fans.
“Right now I’m still finishing up my mother’s album. My mother has a last album that’s coming out. It’s called “Beautiful,” Rose confessed to EUR’s Lee Bailey. “It was finished when she passed and I’m just working on getting that out to her fans right now and that should be very soon.”
According to Rose, “Beautiful” will be released “within the next six months.” In the meanwhile, “Being: Teena Marie” will help keep the revered songstress in the public eye. The hour-long docu-series will include never-before-seen footage of the singer, who was interviewed for “The Hippest Trip in America, The Soul Train Story” documentary by the film’s director J. Kevin Swain. During the chat, Marie opens up about growing up in Venice, CA, performing on “Soul Train,” being a local and national star, her friendship with Rick James and the beauty of life.
In addition, “Being: Teena Marie” will feature performances from Marie on “Soul Train” as well as personal reflections from Rose, Faith Evans, Lalah Hathaway, Shanice Wilson, Smokey Robinson, and Nelson George. As co-executive producer, Rose played an active role in bringing “Being: Teena Marie” to the small screen. The inclusion of the “Soul Train” footage came after the people behind the Don Cornelius created program came after a meeting with Rose regarding footage of Teena that wasn’t used in the documentary.
“They felt bad after she passed and they approached me about doing a whole piece on her and just her and putting all her “Soul Train” performances in it,” said Rose, who labeled the final version of “Being: Teena Marie” as “amazing.” “I think it worked out even better than it would’ve worked out before.”
“It has been very hard,” she stated. “It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life but I feel that it has to be done and I know my mom would want me to be OK so that’s exactly what I’m doing.”
As Rose reminisces over Marie, she recalls her mother being “a very spiritual person” who realized her time on Earth was limited.
“I feel my mother always kind of knew that she wasn’t gonna be here that long. She was a very spiritual person. She talked about it. She talked about leaving, and being a kid, you don’t ever wanna hear that,” said Rose, who misses talking to Teena Marie and her humor. “You don’t ever wanna think about your parents leaving you. Especially me. My mom was a single parent and she talked about it. So I feel like in the back of my mind, it was already there but I wasn’t exactly sure when the day would come.
“But now that it has,” she continued, “I feel that it could’ve gone one of two ways. I either could have lost my mind or I could learn from it. And I chose to learn from it.”
“Being: Teena Marie” on BET’s Centric network will premiere at 10pm (E/P) on Saturday (March 3), with an encore presentation scheduled to run on what would have been the singer’s 56th birthday on March 5 at 12 Midnight (E/P).
For more of Lee Bailey’s interview with Alia Rose, in which she talks more about her relationship with her mother Teena Marie and Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, click the player below: