Natalie Stewart

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Natalie Stewart
Birth name Natalie Stewart
Born (1979-02-13) 13 February 1979 (age 36)
London
Origin South London, UK
Genres R&B, soul, spoken word, neo-soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, rapper, poet, music producer, record producer, actress
Years active 2000–present
Labels Shanachie Records, DreamWorks, Geffen
Associated acts Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn
Website www.thefloacist.com

Natalie Stewart is a former member of the English neo-soul duo, Floetry.

Early life[edit]

Stewart is the daughter of Jamaican immigrants. With her father in the British Armed Forces, she was born into a travelling family. The youngest of three children, Natalie was born in Germany, started school in Hong Kong. After her father left the army, the family settled in London.[1] She attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology, where Marsha Ambrosius was studying Business and Finance. Stewart studied Performing Arts, Media and Art. She attended Middlesex University, and later transferred to the University of North London. She was a founding member of the performance poetry group 3 Plus 1, which was critically well received in London, Birmingham, and Manchester. Natalie found her true calling on the performance poetry scene, where she was able to natural merge all of her artistic expressional outputs as a writer and performer. This lead to the manifestation of The Floacist and her Floetic ethos of 'poetic delivery of musical intent'.

Floetry was formed after Ambrosius joined her on stage in 1999 to perform at a spoken word night called Poets vs MC's, where they debuted a piece that they had written together called "Fantasize", combining spoken word and singing.

2000–2006: Floetry[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, 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, one of which featured the British singer-songwriter and record producer, Sebastian Rogers. Due to the success of Floetry's live show, Floacism, a live album/DVD was released in November 2003

In 2005, Floetry released Flo'Ology, their second studio album. It debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200, and included the single "SupaStar" featuring rapper Common.

Solo[edit]

In 2006 the duo parted ways, and Stewart returned home to London but still moved back and forth between the UK and The United States. During the next four years she focused on her craft as The Floacist and continued to explore her Floetic ethos of poetic delivery with musical intent.[2]

In mid-2010, she released her extended play "Spoken Soul". In November 2010, she released her first solo album, Floetic Soul on Shanachie Records. The album charted at number 95 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and number 20 on the Top R&B Albums chart.[3] The album also spawned the singles "Forever", "Let Me", and "Keep It Going". In 2011, Stewart began recording her second album. In August 2012, she released a new version of the Floetry hit "Say Yes". Stewart released her second album "The Floacist presents Floetry Re:Birth" in November 2012 and has stated that its title and theme represent a celebration of the tenth anniversary of Floetry's breakthrough as a recording act.[4] Her third solo album, 'RISE of the Phoenix Mermaid' was released in March 2014, with the lead single 'Feel Good'.

Personal life[edit]

Stewart is known to speak of the ultimate focus of her life being the continual development, evolution and growth of her person; spiritually, mentally and artistically.[2] When asked about her spiritual practices she simply responds that her spiritual practice is memory; remembering the peace before the confusion![1]

Discography[edit]

  • For discography of duo Floetry, see here.

Albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions[3]
US US R&B US Indie
2010 Floetic Soul 95 20 7
2012 Floetry Re:Birth 51
2014 Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid

Singles[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Album
US US R&B
2010 "Prophecy" Non-album single
"Forever" (featuring Musiq Soulchild) Floetic Soul
2011 "Let Me"
"Keep It Going" (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)
2012 "Say Yes" Floetry Re:Birth
"Soul"
2014 "Feel Good" Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid

Filmography[edit]

  • 2004: One on One (as herself)
  • 2008: Reasonable Excuse (as Laila)
  • 2010: Remaindered (as the Background Performer)
  • 2010: The Creepy Doll (as the Waiting Room Patient #2)
  • 2012: Spirit Stalkers (as the Restaurant Patron)

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