Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius
Marsha Ambrosius
Birth name Marsha Ambrosius
Also known as The Songtress
Born August 8, 1977 (1977-08-08) (age 34)
Origin Liverpool, England
Genres Soul, R&B
Years active 2000–present
Labels Aftermath, J, RCA

Marsha Ambrosius or Marsha is an English singer/songwriter. A former member of the English Soul/R&B duo Floetry, she released her first solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings on March 1, 2011.


Early career with Floetry

Original Floetry members Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart met through their love of basketball and formed a friendship.[1][2] Both Natalie and Marsha attended the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology where Marsha studied business and finance and Natalie majored in 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, both women continued to keep in touch. 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 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, it seemed to make sense to combine the two and Floetry was born.[3]

Group success

In 2000, the duo travelled to the United States to perform on the poetry circuit. After frequenting spoken word/poetry spots in Atlanta, GA such as Yin Yang Poets' Cafe (to rave 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

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 most recent album, Illumination, on the track "Elevated". She collaborated once again with Nas on his song "If I Ruled The World '09" & has also done a track with Slum Village called "Cloud 9". In 2009, she guested on Wale's "Diary".

Ambrosius was signed to Dr. Dre's record label, Aftermath Entertainment, as a solo musician/song-writer/producer.[7][8] Parting ways with the label in early 2009, Ambrosius pursued her song-writing/production career landing her placements with R&B and hip hop artists ranging from Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx and Mario to Fabolous, Slum Village and Wale.[9][10] 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 March 1, 2011.[11] "Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)" was released as the album's first single on August 13, 2010.[12] The song charted on the U.S. BillboardHot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and peaked at number twenty-two. "Far Away" was released as the album's second single on December 7, 2010.[12][13][14]

In an interview with XXL magazine Tech N9ne mentions a possible collaboration with Ambrosius, Lil Wayne, and Eminem on a track titled "This is Hip-hop" for his upcoming solo album All 6's And 7's.[15]

She won the Centric Award[16] at the BET Awards of 2011. She is also being nominated for Best Female R&B Artist.[17]

On October 7, 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. [18] [19]


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Sales
2011 Late Nights & Early Mornings
  • First studio album
  • Release date: March 1, 2011
  • Label: J Records
2 1


Year Title Peak

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



All the above written or co-written by Marsha Ambrosius.

Writing credits


  1. ^ "Floetry in motion no more (From Croydon Guardian)". 2007-07-30. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  2. ^ "Floetry To Feat. Rap Artist Common on SupaStar". Thug Life Army. 2005-08-23. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Floetry lives up to smooth, soulful name". Chicago Tribune. Apr 14, 2006. 
  4. ^ "Floetry in motion". Newsday. Mar 5, 2004. 
  5. ^ Baraka, Rhonda (June 25, 2002). "Floetry Bring London Vibe To Philly Soul Movement". MTV. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "Music: Go with the flow". Las Vegas Mercury. 2004-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  7. ^ Date: 01/30/06. "Floetry member Marsha Ambrosius signs solo deal with Dr. Dre?s Aftermath". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  8. ^ Reid, Shaheem (2006-01-26). "Floetry Singer Might Have 50 On Her Dre-Produced Solo LP - Music, Celebrity, Artist News". MTV. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  9. ^ "Wale - Attention Deficit (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  10. ^ "Fabolous - Loso's Way (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  11. ^ "Weekly US music releases: Lucinda Williams, Marsha Ambrosius and Lykke Li". The Independent. March 1, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ a b Hope She Cheats On You (With a Basketball Player)- Single by Marsha Ambrosius Apple, Inc. Retrieved 11-10-2010.
  13. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  14. ^ Gail Mitchell (2009-09-14). "Ex-Floetry Member Marsha Ambrosius Readies Solo Set". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  15. ^ Anslem Samuel (September 13, 2010). "Tech N9Ne: "Lil Wayne Said He Wanted Me On ‘Carter IV’"". XXL. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Centric Award". BET. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
  17. ^ "Best Female R&B Artist". BET. Retrieved 2011-11-21. 
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  20. ^ a b "Marsha Ambrosius". AllMusic. 1977-08-08. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  21. ^ Langhorne, Cyrus (June 15, 2011). "Tech N9ne Sticks Up Top 5, Rick Ross' MMG Detours Into Top 40, Marsha Ambrosius Gets Her Spot Back". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 
  22. ^ "US Singles Top 100 (October 16, 2010) - Music Charts". 2010-10-16. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  23. ^ "Marsha Ambrosius". AllMusic. 1977-08-08. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  24. ^ a b "Marsha Ambrosius Album & Song Chart History". Billboard, Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "Marsha Ambrosius Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  26. ^ Mitchell, Gail. "Ex-Floetry Member Marsha Ambrosius Readies Solo Set". Billboard. Retrieved 20 February 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Michael Jackson - Invincible (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2001-10-30. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  28. ^ "Justin Timberlake - Justified (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  29. ^ "Justin Timberlake - Cry Me A River (CD) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  30. ^ a b "Glenn Lewis - World Outside My Window (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  31. ^ "Macy Gray - The Trouble With Being Myself (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2003-07-15. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  32. ^ "Styles P - Time Is Money (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  33. ^ "Game, The (2) - The Documentary (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  34. ^ "Busta Rhymes - Get You Some / How We Do It Over Here (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  35. ^ "Busta Rhymes - Cocaina / Been Through The Storm (Vinyl) at Discogs". 2006-07-10. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  36. ^ "Hi-Tek - Hi-Teknology²: The Chip (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  37. ^ "Nas Featuring Game, The (2) & Marsha Ambrosius - Hustlers (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  38. ^ "Game, The (2) - Why You Hate The Game (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  39. ^ "Freeway - Free At Last (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  40. ^ "Drama* - Gangsta Grillz: The Album (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2007-12-04. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  41. ^ "Jamie Foxx - Intuition (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  42. ^ "Fabolous - Loso's Way (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  43. ^ "Queen Latifah - Persona (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  44. ^ "Wale - Attention Deficit (Vinyl, LP) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  45. ^ "Ace* & Edo* - Arts & Entertainment (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  46. ^ "John Regan - Sorry I'm Late (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2010-11-16. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  47. ^ "Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2011-02-15. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  48. ^ "Angie Stone - Stone Love (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2004-07-05. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  49. ^ "Alicia Keys - As I Am (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2007-11-13. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  50. ^ "Raven-Symoné* - Raven-Symoné (CD, Album) at Discogs". 2008-07-28. Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  51. ^ "Alesha Dixon* - The Alesha Show (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 
  52. ^ "Girlicious - Girlicious (CD, Album) at Discogs". Retrieved 2011-04-02. 

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