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|Birth name||Natalie Stewart|
February 13, 1979 |
|Origin||South London, UK|
|Genres||R&B, soul, spoken word, neo-soul|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, rapper, poetic, music producer, record producer, actress|
|Labels||Shanachie Records, DreamWorks, Geffen|
|Associated acts||Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius, Raheem DeVaughn|
Stewart attended Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, where Ambrosius studied business and finance. She also majored in Performing Arts, Media and Art. Stewart also attended Middlesex University in London, but later transferred to North London University. Stewart was a founding member of the performance poetry group 3 Plus 1, which was rising to critical acclaim throughout London, Birmingham, and Manchester.
After inviting Ambrosius (her colleague) to join her on stage to perform at a spoken word night, where they debuted a piece that they had written together called "Fantasize", combining spoken word and singing, 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, 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.
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 chart at number 95 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and number 20 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album also spawned the singles "Forever", "Let Me", and "Keep It Going". In 2011, Stewart began recording her sophomore album. In August 2012, she released a re-made version of her duo's (Floetry) hit song "Say Yes". Stewart released her sophomore 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 initial breakthrough as a recording act.
Stewart is married to Nolan Weekes and has a step-son.
- For discography of duo Floetry, see here.
|Year||Album details||Chart positions|
|US||US R&B||US Indie|
|"Forever" (featuring Musiq Soulchild)||—||—||Floetic Soul|
|"Keep It Going" (featuring Raheem DeVaughn)||—||—|
|2012||"Say Yes"||—||—||Floetry: Rebirth|
- 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)
- 'The Floacist' Talks New Album, Neo Soul & Possibility Of Floetry Reunion. Vibe. Retrieved on October 1, 2012
- Reasonable Excuse. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved on October 1, 2012
- The Floacist Album & Song Chart History | Billboard.com
- The Floacist interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' January 2013
- Official website
- The Floacist on Facebook
- The Floacist on Twitter
- Natalie Stewart at the Internet Movie Database
- The Floacist at AllMusic