About the artist…
A great song takes you on an emotional journey. It’s an exploration into an embracing of longing, passion, remorse, romance, friendship, love, pain, happiness and everything that falls in between.
Multi-Grammy® nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius knows a little something about writing great songs. Whether it’s as one half of Floetry, her chart-topping solo debut Late Nights & Early Mornings or her career as an acclaimed songwriter /producer, her observations on love and life paired with her soulful and honest vocals flip the personal into a universal truth.
A native of Liverpool, England, Marsha burst on the music scene as the singing half of Floetry. Their 2002 debut Floetic produced “Say Yes” and “Getting Late” as well as four Grammy® nods. Following their 2005 sophomore album, Flo’Ology, the duo parted ways taking different paths and despite ending the long-time partnership, Marsha continued to build a name for herself as a songwriter and producer. Creating “Butterflies” for the late Michael Jackson in 2001, Marsha has also worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Jamie Foxx and Common. She’s been nominated for a total of eight Grammys®, winning her first Grammy® with Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River”. The song features her background vocals and a sneaky, infectious, unmistakably ad-libbed finale to the song. Honored by BMI as their “Songwriter of the Year” and has a devoted fan base that includes her musical idols Prince and Stevie Wonder.
Released in 2011, Late Nights & Early Mornings entered the Billboard Hot 200 at #2 and debuted at #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The single “Far Away”, was a staple on BET and Marsha was the recipient of a Centric Award at the 2011 BET Awards. “With my first project, I just knew that I just wanted to do an album. This time the concept came immediately, the stepping stone was already laid. So I was like, ‘Where do I go from here? What do I speak about?’ So I met a whole bunch of new friends I care about dearly and some potential lovers… it was like the sequel. I’m always connected to music but from a movie standpoint. Every song I create I see the movie, I visualize the video, I’ve connected to this character that you have to become to deliver the music. Even going back to the Floetry days, when I wrote “Getting Late” I knew that the lady had been divorced, that she had two baby daddies and the first one kept coming back,” Marsha laughs. Speaking of the sophomore album “Friends & Lovers” Marsha is certainly sure of her formula, her emotional math to music leaves you understanding some feelings you willfully express, even the ones you repress but cannot ignore, her music forces you to feel.
Asked what she hopes people will take away from her work and Marsha’s answer is as passionate as her music. “I want my music to be something that feels timeless. There are so many trends that come and go that if you find the space that makes you nostalgic, then that’s exactly the angle I’m going for. To make you feel like you’ve heard this before or that it’s so relatable and you’re so able to connect with the story behind it, like ooh, I’ve had that wild night or I’ve had that early morning or I’ve met that friend who then became a lover. There are all these pieces of a puzzle that just come together. I want people to know that musically, I’m talking to you and more than often through you.”