Known for her 2005 top ten hit âMake Her Feel Good,â Teairra Mari is set to return to music later this year after being dropped from Roc-A-Fella via a new contract with Interscope. The singer who has been dubbed by Sean Garrett as an âurban Avril Lavigne,â says she learned about her being dropped from Roc-A-Fella just before her high school graduation. âI got a call before my high school graduation,â recalls Mari. âI kept it to myself for about six months; I didnât even tell my mom. Then news about it started coming out on the radio. I stopped doing music for a year.â While on Roc-A-Fella the âprincess of the rocâsâ single âMake Her Feel Goodâ peaked at no.9 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Songs Chart while her album âRoc-A-Fella Presents Teairra Mariâ reached no.2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. However, those chart topping moments and high profile performances with Rihanna and Amerie were not enough to keep the singer on the roster. Since then Mari has been busy working on her upcoming Interscope debut. According to Billboard, the as-yet-untitled album is due late 2008/early 2009 and features collaborations with Timbaland, JR Rotem, Cudda Love (Nelly, Murphy Lee) and Nephew. âIâm at a good point now, with more creative control to be Teairra Mari,âsays Mari of her new album led by the single âNo, No, No.â âThe last time out, I was more concerned about trying to get a platinum album instead of enjoying the journey. I love music and thatâs what itâs really about: getting my message across to those who want to hear it.â In addition to her upcoming Foâ Reel Entertainment/Interscope project, the burgeoning songbird has been tapped as the spokesmodel for Loveâs jeans line Jean Addicts, which bows in the fall. Mari will also appear in the film âDoorman,â due later this year.
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