Marsha Ambrosius

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Marsha Ambrosius
Marsha Ambrosius performing in London.jpg
Ambrosius performing in London, December 2010
Background information
Birth name Marsha Ambrosius
Also known as The Songstress
Born (1977-08-08) 8 August 1977 (age 36)
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres R&B, soul
Years active 1997–present
Labels J, RCA

Marsha Ambrosius (born 8 August 1977) is an English singer-songwriter. A former member of Floetry, she released her first solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings on 1 March 2011. She currently lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Early career with Floetry[edit]

Original Floetry members Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart met through their love of basketball.[1][2] Both Stewart and Ambrosius attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology where Ambrosius studied [[Business and Finance and Stewart Performing Arts, Media and Art. For college Ambrosius planned to attend the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia, but could not due to an injury. Stewart attended Middlesex University in London and later transferred to North London University. During these years, the women kept in touch. Stewart was a founding member of the performance poetry group 3 Plus 1 which was rising to critical acclaim in London, Birmingham and Manchester. 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. The combination of spoken word and singing seemed successful and Floetry was born.[3]

Group success[edit]

In 2000, the duo travelled to the United States to perform on the poetry circuit. After frequenting spoken word/poetry spots in Atlanta such as Yin Yang Poets' Cafe (to positive reviews), they moved on to Philadelphia.[4] 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".[5] The album was also released in the UK with additional tracks, one of which features British singer/songwriter and producer Sebastian Rogers.[6]

Solo career[edit]

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 album, Illumination, on the track "Elevated". She collaborated once again with Slum Village called "Cloud 9". In 2009, she guested on Wale's "Diary".

Aftermath Entertainment[edit]

Ambrosius was approached to sign to Dr. Dre's record label, Aftermath Entertainment, as a solo musician/song-writer/producer.[7][8] 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.[9][10]

Late Nights & Early Mornings[edit]

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.[11] "Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)" was released as the album's first single on 13 August 2010.[12] The song charted on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at no. 22. "Far Away" was released as the album's second single on 7 December 2010. The album would debut at no. 1 on the US "Billboard" Hot R&B Charts and no. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 200 behind Adele and ahead of Mumford & Sons the first time in over 20 years that British Acts had topped the US charts.[12][13][14]

Ambrosius won the Centric Award[15] at the BET Awards of 2011. She was also nominated for Best Female R&B Artist [16] at the BET Awards 2012.

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.

Friends & Lovers[edit]

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.[17][18]

Ambrosius is currently[when?] working on her second studio album titled Friends & Lovers on RCA Music Group. The lead single "Cold War" was produced by Diplo and Picard Brothers.[19] Enter features guest appearances on Instagram Dr. Dre, Charlie Wilson, Skye and Lindsey Stirling.[20] and which will feature production from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Pop & Oak, Da Internz and Eric Hudson.[21][22][23]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
US
[24]
US R&B
[24]
2011 Late Nights & Early Mornings
  • Release date: 1 March 2011
  • Label: J Records
2 1
2014 Friends & Lovers

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak
chart
positions
Album
US
[26][27][28]
US
R&B

[28][29][30]
2010 "Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)" 88 22 Late Nights & Early Mornings
"Far Away" 74 3
2011 "Late Nights & Early Mornings" 30
2012 "Cold War" Non-album single
2013 "Without You"
(with Ne-Yo)
2014 "Run" Friends & Lovers
"Stronger"
(featuring Dr. Dre)

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Start from Scratch"[31] 2005 The Game The Documentary
"Get You Some"[32] 2006 Busta Rhymes, Q-Tip The Big Bang
"Cocaina"[32] Busta Rhymes
"Music for Life"[33] Hi-Tek, Nas, J Dilla, Busta Rhymes, Common Hi-Teknology²: The Chip
"Why You Hate the Game"[34] The Game, Nas Doctor's Advocate
"Hustlers"[35] Nas, The Game Hip Hop Is Dead
"This Can't Be Real"[36] 2007 Freeway Free at Last
"Reunion"[37] Ya Boy Optimus Rime
"Wanna Go Back"[38] 2008 Solange, Q-Tip Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
"The Light '08 (It's Love)" Common N/A
"Freak'in Me"[39] Jamie Foxx Intuition
"If I Ruled the World '09" 2009 Nas N/A
"Yacht Music"[40] DJ Drama, Nas, Willie the Kid, Scarface Gangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)
"Stay"[41] Fabolous Loso's Way
"Take Me Away (With You)"[42] Queen Latifah Persona
"Diary"[43] Wale Attention Deficit
"A's & E's" Masta Ace, Ed O.G. Arts & Entertainment
"Still Hurts"[44] 2010 Macy Gray The Sellout
"Welcome Back"[45] Stat Quo Statlanta
"All I Got to Give"[46] John Regan Sorry I'm Late
"It's Alright"[47] 2011 Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told
"Streets Gone Love Me" 2012 Saint Nick N/A
"Light Dreams"[48] Tyga Careless World: Rise of the Last King
"Take You There"[49] Currensy The Stoned Immaculate
"The One"[50] Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz Cruel Summer
"The Game Changer"[51] Saigon The Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses
"Right Back"[52] Freeway Diamond In the Ruff
"It Only Gets Better"[53] 2013 Talib Kweli Prisoner of Conscious
"Material Things" Lee Mazin In My Own Lane
"Trust" Robert Glasper Experiment Black Radio 2
"Alone Together"[54] 2014 Daley Days & Nights

Writing credits[edit]

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