Marsha Ambrosius born August 8, 1977 was a former member of Floetry.
Floetry members Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart met through their love of basketball. Both Natalie and Marsha attended the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology where Marsha studied business and finance and Natalie majored in Performing Arts, Media and Art and later separated once they both went off to college, but in 1999, Ambrosius wrote and submitted a song to her publishers Perfect Songs called “Fantasize”, inviting Stewart to lend some of her poetry to the song. They debuted the piece at an open mic night in London. Combining spoken word and singing, it all seemed to make sense and Floetry was born.
In 2000, the duo travelled to the United States to perform on the poetry circuit. After frequenting spoken word/poetry spots in Atlanta, GA such as Yin Yang Poets’ Cafe (to rave reviews), they moved on to Philadelphia. There they met Darren ‘Limitless’ Henson and Keith ‘Keshon’ Pelzer of DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s Touch Of Jazz studio and began recording. In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles “Floetic“, “Say Yes”, and “Getting Late”. The album was also released in the UK with additional tracks.
Ambrosius has been featured on many songs including Styles P‘s “I’m Black”; The Game‘s “Start from Scratch” and “Why You Hate The Game.” (also featuring Nas); Busta Rhymes‘ “Get You Some” and “Cocaina”; Nas’ “Hustlers” (also featuring The Game); and Hi-Tek‘s “Music for Life” and Jamie Foxx‘s “Freak’in Me”. The group has also collaborated with Earth, Wind & Fire on their most recent album, Illumination, on the track “Elevated”.
Ambrosius was approached to sign to Dr. Dre‘s record label, Aftermath Entertainment, as a solo musician/song-writer/producer. Parting ways with the offer in early 2009, Ambrosius pursued her song-writing/production career landing her placements with R&B and hip hop artists ranging from Alicia Keys, Raven-Symoné, Jamie Foxx and Mario to Fabolous, Slum Village and Wale.
In Summer 2009, Ambrosius was approached by numerous record labels offering her a solo deal after a long awaited performance at NYC’s SOB’s where a sold out crowd gathered to a show accompanied by The Roots and DJ Aktive. In December 2009, Ambrosius signed to J Records and her solo debut Late Nights & Early Mornings was released on 1 March 2011. “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” was released as the album’s first single on 13 August 2010. The song charted on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at number twenty-two. “Far Away” was released as the album’s second single on 7 December 2010.
The album would debut at #1 on the US “Billboard” Hot R&B Charts and #2 on the US “Billboard” Hot 200
Ambrosius won the Record of The Year (Ashford & Simpson Songwriters Award) at the 2011 Soul Train Awards for the song “Far Away”.
Two Grammy nominations for “Far Away” were announced the night before she performed at The White House with The President and First Family at The National Christmas Tree Lighting December 2011.
In August 2011, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Ambrosius (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release her future material on the RCA Records brand.
Goddesses we all know that Marsha is highly talented when it comes to being a poetic genius; that’s why “Floetry” was formed. So you know if her last album Late Nights & Early Mornings” “was off the chain; this new album is going to be even better.
I can’t wait until it’s released; I’ll be comp’n that the first day it’s released…….
Now for those of you who don’t know, or who may have forgotten, I’m going to take you back to 2011 just in case you need a refresher of how she puts it down lyrically.
Click here and check out her video for her song Far Away!