Teairra Marí (born December 2, 1987 in Detroit, Michigan),
began her young career at age 12, recording in her cousin's basement.
caught the attention of Big Mike, Ed K and Helluvah of Detroit's K.I.S.S.
Productions, which developed her from the age of 13 onward. Under Big
Mike's guidance, Marí spent every free moment in the studio, working
with some of the hottest producers and songwriters in the game, including
Helluvah, Disco D, Big Mike, Chaz M, Detail, Lyriq, AK, and J.R.
K.I.S.S. Productions arranged for Marí to collaborate with artists
such as Ray J, J-Kwon, Lola Damone, and Bee and for Marí to appear
on Detroit's Fox 2 Morning Show and UPN 50 Sports Rap. Eventually, the
young diamond-in-the-rough was honed into a polished gem, ready to take
the industry by storm. In October 2003, K.I.S.S. Productions released
Teairra's first album, an EP called Get Away, which became a local sensation.
Get Away includes the title track plus four more songs currently available
only on this album.
At the age of 16, K.I.S.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. Candy Tookes, a friend of Big Mike, introduced the
pair to industry veteran Daryl Simmons in Atlanta, Georgia. Simmons then
shared Marí's K.I.S.S. Productions-produced demo disc with Antonio "L.A." Reid,
Chairman of the Island Def Jam Group. After hearing Teairra Marí perform
live, Reid offered her a contract on the spot.
Teairra worked with Jay-Z, in his first collaboration project since
becoming President of Def Jam, to create "Make Her Feel Good",
the hit single from her debut album on Def Jam's Roc-A-Fella Records