Marsha Ambrosius

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Marsha Ambrosius
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Ambrosius performing in London, December 2010
Background information
Birth nameMarsha Ambrosius
Also known asThe Songstress
Born(1977-08-08) 8 August 1977 (age 37)
OriginLiverpool, England
GenresR&B, soul
Years active1997–present
LabelsJ, RCA
 
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Marsha Ambrosius
Marsha Ambrosius performing in London.jpg
Ambrosius performing in London, December 2010
Background information
Birth nameMarsha Ambrosius
Also known asThe Songstress
Born(1977-08-08) 8 August 1977 (age 37)
OriginLiverpool, England
GenresR&B, soul
Years active1997–present
LabelsJ, 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 Los Angeles, CA.

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 released her second studio album, titled Friends & Lovers, in July 2014. [19]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales
US
[20]
US R&B
[20]
2011Late Nights & Early Mornings21
2014Friends & Lovers122

Singles[edit]

YearTitlePeak
chart
positions
Album
US
[23][24][25]
US
R&B

[25][26][27]
US
Adult R&B

[28]
2010"Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)"882215Late Nights & Early Mornings
"Far Away"7431
2011"Late Nights & Early Mornings"3012
2012"Cold War"45[A]18Non-album single
2013"Without You"
(with Ne-Yo)
2014"Run"44[A]13Friends & Lovers
"Stronger"
(featuring Dr. Dre)
A Charted on US R&B Airplay[29]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearOther artist(s)Album
"Start from Scratch"[30]2005The GameThe Documentary
"Get You Some"[31]2006Busta Rhymes, Q-TipThe Big Bang
"Cocaina"[31]Busta Rhymes
"Music for Life"[32]Hi-Tek, Nas, J Dilla, Busta Rhymes, CommonHi-Teknology²: The Chip
"Why You Hate the Game"[33]The Game, NasDoctor's Advocate
"Hustlers"[34]Nas, The GameHip Hop Is Dead
"This Can't Be Real"[35]2007FreewayFree at Last
"Reunion"[36]Ya BoyOptimus Rime
"Wanna Go Back"[37]2008Solange, Q-TipSol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams
"The Light '08 (It's Love)"CommonN/A
"Freak'in Me"[38]Jamie FoxxIntuition
"If I Ruled the World '09"2009NasN/A
"Yacht Music"[39]DJ Drama, Nas, Willie the Kid, ScarfaceGangsta Grillz: The Album (Vol. 2)
"Stay"[40]FabolousLoso's Way
"Take Me Away (With You)"[41]Queen LatifahPersona
"Diary"[42]WaleAttention Deficit
"A's & E's"Masta Ace, Ed O.G.Arts & Entertainment
"Still Hurts"[43]2010Macy GrayThe Sellout
"Welcome Back"[44]Stat QuoStatlanta
"All I Got to Give"[45]John ReganSorry I'm Late
"It's Alright"[46]2011SaigonThe Greatest Story Never Told
"Streets Gone Love Me"2012Saint NickN/A
"Light Dreams"[47]TygaCareless World: Rise of the Last King
"Take You There"[48]CurrensyThe Stoned Immaculate
"The One"[49]Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 ChainzCruel Summer
"The Game Changer"[50]SaigonThe Greatest Story Never Told Chapter 2: Bread and Circuses
"Right Back"[51]FreewayDiamond In the Ruff
"It Only Gets Better"[52]2013Talib KweliPrisoner of Conscious
"Material Things"Lee MazinIn My Own Lane
"Trust"Robert Glasper ExperimentBlack Radio 2
"Alone Together"[53]2014DaleyDays & Nights

Writing credits[edit]

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