Floetry

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Floetry
Origin London, England
Genres R&B, neo soul, hip hop
Years active 1997–2007
Labels Geffen Records, DreamWorks Records
Associated acts Common
Website Floetry.net
Past members Marsha Ambrosius
Natalie Stewart

Floetry was an English R&B duo comprising Marsha Ambrosius ("the Songstress") and Natalie Stewart ("the Floacist"). The group recorded two studio albums, one live album, and sold over 1,500,000 records worldwide. Formed in 1997, Floetry started on the performance poetry stage.

In 2002, the duo released their first album entitled, Floetic. The album sold over 864,000 copies in the United States.[1] The album spawned the singles "Floetic", the top ten song "Say Yes", and "Getting Late". Following their success, Floetry released their live album Floacism, featuring the single Wanna B Where U R.

In 2005, Floetry released their second album Flo'Ology. Two singles were released from this album, "SupaStar" and "Lay Down". Ambrosius left the group in 2007.

Early life[edit]

The two both attended the Brits Performing Arts School, Ambrosius took courses in voice, performance technique, and recording. Stewart majored in Performance Arts and English. Ambrosius planned to attend Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship, but injury forced her to bow out. Stewart headed for Middlesex University, eventually transferring to North London University before leaving university completely. After university, the two performed together as part of a poetry group in London, and subsequently formed Floetry.

Musical career[edit]

Beginnings (1997–2002)[edit]

Since moving to the United States in 2000, they have written for Jill Scott, Jazz of Dru Hill, Glenn Lewis (Marsha only), Bilal, and Michael Jackson, for whom Marsha penned the hit 2002 single "Butterflies".

Floetic and Floacism (2002–2003)[edit]

In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles "Floetic", "Say Yes" (released March 2003), and "Getting Late". The album was also released in the UK with additional tracks, one of which features British singer/songwriter and producer Sebastian Rogers. Their song "Where's The Love" was featured in the film Bringing Down the House.

Floetry released a live album titled Floacism in 2003. The two-disc set consisted of a CD and DVD and included the single "Wanna B Where U R" featuring rapper Mos Def.

Flo'Ology (2005–2006)[edit]

Their third and final album Flo'Ology was released in November 2005. The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 200 and number two on the Top R&B chart, and sold over 77,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album included the single "Supastar" featuring rapper Common.

Epilogue[edit]

In November 2010, Stewart released her first solo CD, Floetic Soul, on the Shanachie Record Label. Her second solo album The Floacist presents Floetry Re:Birth was released November 2012, also through Shanachie.[3]

As of 2010, Ambrosius has been recording her first solo studio album Late Nights & Early Mornings which was released 1 March 2011 on J Records.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[4]
US
[5]
US R&B
[6]
Floetic 19 4
Flo'Ology 167 7 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
[5]
US R&B
[6]
Floacism
  • Release date: 18 November 2003
  • Label: DreamWorks Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
74 11

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[4]
US
[8]
US R&B
[8]
US Dance
[8]
2002 "Floetic" 73 113 29 Floetic
2003 "Say Yes" 24 8
"Getting Late" 114 31
"Wanna B Where U R" (with Mos Def) 116 Floacism
2005 "Supastar" (with Common) 55 15 Flo'Ology
"Lay Down" 102
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Awards[edit]

  • Grammy Awards
Year Category Genre Title Result
2003 Best Contemporary R&B Album R&B Floetic Nominated
Best R&B Song R&B "Floetic" Nominated
Best Urban/Alternative Performance R&B "Floetic" Nominated
2004 Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocal R&B "Say Yes" Nominated
2006 Best Urban/Alternative Performance R&B "Supastar" Nominated

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