The Recording Academy New York Chapter recently hosted Up Close & Personal With Marsha Ambrosius, moderated by Black Girls Rock! founder/CEO Beverly Bond, at the Chapter's office. Prior to the event, the GRAMMY-nominated artist participated in an installment of The Academy's 5 Questions With … series, discussing topics such as her creative approach to songwriting and production, her GRAMMY nominations, Recording Academy membership, the importance of social media, and more.
"I go into everything 100 percent me," said Ambrosius regarding her creative process. "Honesty is key in music. Sometimes you don't know whether or not to pull back and I felt in the long term the end results of letting yourself go in music always pays off. So I've learned how to do that through songwriting, through performing [and] through producing."
Born in Liverpool, England, Ambrosius rose to musical prominence in the '90s as one-half of the neo-soul/R&B duo Floetry. Ambrosius, the "songstress," and Natalie Stewart, the "floacist," first emerged as songwriters, penning songs for artists such as Bilal, Glenn Lewis and Jill Scott. They released their debut album, Floetic, in 2002. The album yielded four GRAMMY nominations, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Say Yes," which climbed to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Ambrosius garnered an additional GRAMMY nomination for Best R&B Song for co-writing the album's title track. In 2005 Floetry released their sophomore album, Flo'Ology, which cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 and yielded another GRAMMY nomination for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for "SupaStar."
Ambrosius released her first solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in March. The album includes a collaboration with GRAMMY-winning artist Alicia Keys, "With You," and a new version of "Butterflies," a track she co-wrote for Michael Jackson that reached No. 14 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2001.
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