EXCLUSIVE: Teairra Mari Talks Career Transitions and Staying Grounded

R&B singer-actress Teairra Mari is not letting a few roadblocks deter her from the beating path. The 22-year-old, who saw a record deal with Rocafella Records go sour, plus an album shelved with Warner Bros., recently released a mixtape and an EP, dubbed “Sincerely Yours.” “I went through many different transitions. There was a point I wanted to give up. But I kept telling myself, “That’s what people want you to do.” So they can laugh at you and say you didn’t make it,” Mari tells Singersroom exclusively. “Because people are watching, so was I gonna feed them that? No, I’ve always been a competitive girl. So I had to take what I had and do good with it. So, I’m here and I feel that I have so much more to do and so far to go.” Mari believes in hardwork and it’s starting to pay off. She recently landed a role in the big screen movie “The Lottery Ticket” and she is working on releasing her second album, which she says will transcend any situations of the human nature from break ups, to makeups to a woman re-energizing herself as an independent woman. Of her struggles, she advice anyone in her situation to remain grounded. “The same thing I tell every young person: Keep the people that are going to keep you grounded around,” Mari tells Singersroom. “At a time when I was signed to Rocafella, I lost that. I excluded everyone that was there from the beginning from my life. Because I let people in the industry divide and conquer. I let people get in my head. So the best advice I could give is, keep a strong foundation. It’s the only way you’ll make it. “ Read more of our conversation with Teairra Mari.

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