The paparazzi had caught us a couple of places and we went to the BET Awards together. What message are you trying to get across in the show to your fans? All the pain that you see, [I express it] through my music.
Teairra Marí (born Teairra Marí Thomas; December 2, 1987) is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, model and actress. Productions released Teairra's first album, the EP Get Away, which became a local sensation. Candy Tookes, a friend of Big Mike, introduced the pair to industry veteran Daryl Simmons in Atlanta, Georgia. According to Shakir Stewart, VP A&R at Def Jam, in an interview with Hit Quarters, "Teairra was a star when she walked into the room. We fell in love with her from day one." Marí worked with Jay-Z in his first collaboration project since becoming president of Def Jam Records, to create "Make Her Feel Good" along with producer Sean Garrett, the lead single from her debut album on Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam that reached number 35 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the R&B charts. The second single "No Daddy" had a video that led to commercial success on MTV.
She went to Longfellow Elementary in Holland, Michigan (Tulip City U. On January 12, 2009 Teairra Marí released a Benny Boom-directed music video for "Hunt 4 U" which features Pleasure P.
S.' Big Mike felt that Marí was ready for the big time, and he brought the R&B starlet in front of a who's who of label execs. After hearing Teairra Marí perform live, Reid offered her a contract on the spot.
At the age of 16, Jay Z signed her to Def Jam and she released her first album, Roc-A-Fella Records Presents Teairra Marí. Teairra attended the Detroit High School for The Fine and Performing Arts and was a vocal major, performing in many of the school's talent showcases. The video spent sixteen days on Total Request Live, reaching number four.