My favorite musician, hands down would be Teena Marie. Some may have never heard of Teena or even seen a picture of her, but if you're a FUNK fan of the late 70's early 80's or even followed Motown Records between 79-82 you KNOW who Teena IS! She is Rick James' protegee and is notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She sings R&B with strong, robust vocals and plays rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also has written, produced, sung and arranged virtually all of her songs since her 1980. She's truly talented & not many can match her voice! So Cal native, born in Santa Monica and attended Venice High.