Hip Hop Ladies Night – Remembering Floetry

I remember the 1st time I heard floetry, I was still in high school,at that time 50cent and G-Unit we’re the only thing that was hot on the streets at that time.
When I heard the song “Floetic” I instantly fell in love with this duo of beautiful and talented woman. Over a decade later I decided to pay homage and respect to theses fine sisters.

FLOETRY

Ten years ago, the London-bred duo Floetry hit
the music scene with their debut album, Floetic.
Their neo-soul sultriness and unique mixture of
poetry and song quickly gained the attention of
music lovers and critics alike, garnering a total of
seven Grammy nominations.
Floetry, which was composed of Marsha
Ambrosius (“The Songstress”) and Natalie Stewart
(“The Floacist”), later released a live
album, Floacism, and a third, Flo’Ology, in 2005.
However, during the promotion of the last album
the two separated and Ambrosius signed to Dr.
Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment as a solo artist.
Many were surprised when the group split.
Stewart’s solo album Floetic Soul was released in
2010 and last year, Ambrosius dropped her
album, Late Nights and Early Mornings. But
Stewart’s new single, “Soul,” released last month,
and upcoming album Floetry Re:Birth is most
reflective of the split.
For years, Stewart remained mum on the parting,
while Ambrosius was more vocal. Ambrosius told
Honey Mag in 2010 that Stewart left the group
and it was “the biggest heartbreak” she ever had
to go through.
However, “Soul” details Stewart’s side of the story
as she sings, “I just can’t sell my soul,” which has
led many to speculate that there is animosity
between the former musical partners.
“It’s not a negative song!” Stewart quickly
corrects. “The vibration and ebb and flow of
Floetry is very precious to me. I never wanted it
to be tacked on to any negative vibrations,” she
explains as her reason for staying silent. Though
she does admit she was put off by Ambrosius’
2007 mixtape entitled Neo Soul is Dead. “I was
hurt by the language used in that,” she says.
Stewart’s second studio album, Floetry Re:Birth,
counts as the first Floetry album in six years —
though Ambrosius is nowhere to be heard on it.
“I did everything I could to get Marsha on the
record and the best I could do was to do a re-
interpretation of “Say Yes” to honor the 10 years.
We wrote that song together, so Marsha was
included on the album as best as I could include
her.”
Stewart makes up for the lack of The Songstress
by collaborating with other artists, such as
Raheem DeVaughn and South African artist
Thandiswa Mazwai.
“It’s not about trying to replace Marsha because
Marsha is irreplaceable,” she says. “Floetry is a
genre and over the next 10 years I hope to be
able to assist more artists to create their own
floetry.”
Stewart looks back on Floetry with fondness,
though attention was never what she was
seeking.
“I never actually grew up saying I wanted to be a
recording artist. That wasn’t my aim. I was a
writer and a performer who studied theater,” she
explains. “Writing has always been my first love
and music came to me.”
Stewart, who describes herself as an army brat,
was born in Germany but was quickly uprooted,
with her family, and moved to Hong Kong where
she began school. They later moved to London
where she was raised, along with her older
brother and sister (she now has a younger sister
as well).
It was at the BRIT School for Performing Arts and
Technology where Stewart met singer Ambrosius,
with whom she later formed Floetry in 1999. The
two ventured to the U.S. in 2000 and the success
happened from there.
Not only did they pen hits for themselves, like
“Say Yes” and “Getting Late,” they also
collaborated with other notable artists like Jill
Scott, Bilal and Michael Jackson.
Stewart cites her time working with musical icon
Prince as one of her most insightful encounters.
“He predicted the challenges the group would
face,” she says. “I don’t have a song with Prince,
but the collaboration of his spirit is very
important. He told us, ‘Floetry will never end
because Floetry is more than a name. It’s a style
and a genre. As long as that’s remembered,
Floetry will always live.’”
As far as reuniting with Ambrosius in the future,
Stewart says the door is always open.
“I’m very, very content. I feel grateful for
everything that has been and highly anticipate
everything to come.”
Floetry Re:Birth will be available Nov.

Floetry

Origin – London, England
Genres – R&B, neo soul, hip hop
Years active – 1997–2007
Labels – Geffen Records, DreamWorks Records
Associated acts – Common,

WebsiteFloetry.net

MembersMarsha Ambrosius
Natalie Stewart

Floetry was an English R&B duo comprising Marsha Ambrosius (“the Songstress”) and Natalie Stewart (“the Floacist”). The group recorded two studio albums, one live album, and sold over 1,500,000 records worldwide. Formed in 1999, Floetry started on the performance poetry stage.

In 2002, the duo released their first album entitled, Floetic. The album sold over 864,000 copies in the United States.[1] The album spawned the singles “Floetic”, the top ten song “Say Yes”, and “Getting Late”. Following their success, Floetry released their live album Floacism, featuring the single Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong).

In 2005, Floetry released their second album Flo’Ology. Two singles were released from this album, “SupaStar” and “Lay Down”. Ambrosius left the group in 2007.

Early life

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The two both attended the Brits Performing Arts School, Ambrosius took courses in voice, performance technique, and recording. Stewart majored in Performance Arts and English. Ambrosius planned to attend Georgia Tech on a basketball scholarship, but injury forced her to bow out. Stewart headed for Middlesex University, eventually transferring to North London University before leaving university completely. After university, the two performed together as part of a poetry group in London, and subsequently formed Floetry.

Musical career

Beginnings (1997-2002)
Since moving to the US in 2000, they have written for Jill Scott, Jazz of Dru Hill, Glenn Lewis (Marsha only), Bilal, and Michael Jackson, for whom Marsha penned the hit 2002 single “Butterflies”.

Floetic and Floacism (2002-2003)
In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles “Floetic”, “Say Yes” (released March 2003), and “Getting Late”. The album was also released in the UK with additional tracks, one of which features British singer/songwriter and producer Sebastian Rogers. Their song “Where’s The Love” was featured in the film Bringing Down the House.

Floetry released a live album titled Floacism in 2003. The two-disc set consisted of a CD and DVD and included the single “Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong)” featuring rapper Mos Def.

Flo’Ology (2005-2006)
Their third and final album Flo’Ology was released in November 2005. The album debuted at number seven on the US Billboard Hot 200 and number two on the Top R&B chart, and sold over 77,000 copies in its first week.[2] The album included the single “Supastar” featuring rapper Common.

New Beginnings
Flo’Ology was the third and final album. During the promotion of Flo’Ology, the group separated. Marsha Ambrosius signed as a solo artist to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment in 2006.

Epilogue
In November 2010, Stewart released her first solo CD, Floetic Soul, on the Shanachie Record Label. Her second solo album The Floacist presents Floetry Re:Birth was released November 2012, also through Shanachie.[3]

As of 2010, Ambrosius has been recording her first solo studio album Late Nights & Early Mornings which was released 1 March 2011 on J Records.

Discography

Studio albums

TitleDetailsPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[4]US
[5]US R&B
[6]

Floetic

Release date: 1 October 2002
Label: DreamWorks Records
Formats: CD, cassette
—194
US: Gold[7]

Flo’Ology

Release date: 8 November 2005
Label: Geffen Records
Formats: CD, music download
16772
“—” denotes releases that did not chart
Live albums
TitleDetailsPeak chart
positions
US
[5]US R&B
[6]

Floacism

Release date: 18 November 2003
Label: DreamWorks Records
Formats: CD, cassette
7411
Singles
YearSinglePeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[4]US
[8]US R&B
[8]US Dance
[8]
2002″Floetic”7311329—Floetic
2003″Say Yes”—248—
“Getting Late”—11431—
“Wanna B Where U R” (with Mos Def)——116—Floacism
2005″Supastar” (with Common)——5515Flo’Ology
“Lay Down”——102—
“—” denotes releases that did not chart
Awards

Grammy Awards

YearCategoryGenreTitleResult

2003Best Contemporary R&B AlbumR&BFloeticNominated
Best R&B SongR&B”Floetic”Nominated
Best Urban/Alternative PerformanceR&B”Floetic”Nominated
2004Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with VocalR&B”Say Yes”Nominated
2006Best Urban/Alternative Performance

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