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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 1997, Floetry started on the performance poetry stage. They are two of the many artist responsible for developing the genre that is now known as Neo-Soul, while also popularizing the use of poetry and spoken word throughout music. They have worked with many musicians and artist including: Jill Scott, Queen Latifah, Michael Jackson, Common, The Roots, Bilal, and more founders of Neo-Soul[1].

Floetry
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Stewart and Ambrosius, 2016
Background information
OriginLondon, England
Genres
Years active
  • 1997–2005
  • 2015–2016
Labels
Associated actsCommon
Websitewww.floetry.net
MembersMarsha Ambrosius
Natalie Stewart

Contents

CareerEdit

Beginnings: 1994–2002Edit

Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart first met on the basketball courts in London, England. There they quickly transitioned from rivals to friends, bonding over their love for music and poetry[2]. The first collaboration came when Ambrosius contacted Stewart about adding poetry to the chorus of a song she was working on called 'Fantasize'. Stewart invited Ambroious onstage to perform the song at her show a few months later. Their connection was felt all throughout the venue, with many people crying during the show[2]. In 1997, the two began writing music together and constantly performing in the music venues of London.[1] After three years the duo moved to the United States of America, first living in Atlanta but later moving to Philadelphia where much success was found.[1]Since moving to the United States 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: 2002–03Edit

In 2002, Floetry signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles "Floetic", "Say Yes" (released March 2003), and "Getting Late". "Say Yes" stayed on the Hot 100 billboard charts for 20 weeks, peaking at number 24 on June 14th, 2003[3]. 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. Reviewers of the album praised Floetry for their skillful writing, soulful sound infused with funk and R&B and representing the English R&B scene that was emerging.[4]

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" featuring rapper Mos Def.

Flo'Ology: 2004–06Edit

The duo began creating their second studio album shortly after the release of Floacism. During summer of 2005, they began touring with the Sugar Water Festival. There they opened for Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Queen Latifah.[5][6] 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.[7] The album included the single "Supastar" featuring Common.

Epilogue: 2007–14Edit

In 2006, Marsha Ambrosius signed a solo record deal with Aftermath Entertainment. In 2007, she released a mixtape entitled, Neo Soul is Dead. After the release of the mixtape, Ambrosius parted ways with Stewart. Stewart later went on to release an extended play entitled, Spoken Soul Volume 1.

In November 2010, Stewart released her first solo album, Floetic Soul, on the Shanachie Records. In 2011, Ambrosius released her debut solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, on J Records. In November 2012, Stewart released her second album, Floetry Re:Birth.[8] In March 2014, Stewart released her third album Rise of the Phoenix Mermaid. In July 2014, Ambrosius released her second album Friends & Lovers.

Reunion: 2014–16Edit

In December 2014, Stewart reunited with Ambrosius during Ambrosius' concert and performed "Floetic" at The Clapham Grand in London. In February 2015, Stewart confirmed that duo would be touring in 2015.[9] On May 16, 2015, Floetry reunited and performed their first show in nine years at Pepsi Funk Festival in College Park, Georgia. Despite announcing they would be recording a new album, Floetry subsequently split after the second leg of their reunion tour in August 2016.[10]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[11]
US
[12]
US R&B
[13]
Floetic 19 4
Flo'Ology 167 7 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albumsEdit

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
[12]
US R&B
[13]
Floacism "Live"
  • Release date: 18 November 2003
  • Label: DreamWorks Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
74 11

SinglesEdit

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[11]
US
[15]
US R&B
[15]
US Dance
[15]
2002 "Floetic" 73 29 Floetic
2003 "Say Yes" 24 8
"Getting Late" 31
"Wanna B Where U R (Thisizzaluvsong)" (featuring Mos Def) 116 Floacism "Live"
2005 "Supastar" (with Common) 55 15 Flo'Ology
"Lay Down" 102
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

AwardsEdit

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States. Floetry have received five Grammy nominations.[16]

  • Grammy Awards
Year Category Title Result
2003 Best Contemporary R&B Album Floetic Nominated
Best R&B Song "Floetic" Nominated
Best Urban/Alternative Performance "Floetic" Nominated
2004 Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals "Say Yes" Nominated
2006 Best Urban/Alternative Performance "Supastar" Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Floetry | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b "'Floetic' Duo Draws On Philly Scene". Billboard. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Floetry Say Yes Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  4. ^ Bakare, Buki. "BBC - Music - Review of Floetry - Floetic". www.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 15 March 2019.
  5. ^ Gathers, Katrina G. (20 July 2006). "It's ladies first at Sublime Water Festival". The Day.
  6. ^ Wynn, Terry (18 July 2005). "Sweet sounds at the Sugar Water festival". NBC News.
  7. ^ 'Road' Returns Chesney To No. 1. Billboard. Retrieved: 4 July 2009.
  8. ^ The Floacist interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' January 2013
  9. ^ Kyles, Y. (2015, February 25). AllHip-Hop.com. Retrieved from Natalie Stewart Talks Reuniting With Marsha Ambrosius For Floetry Tour (VIDEO)
  10. ^ Marsha Ambrosius Talks Motherhood, Music and Where Things Stand With Floetry - 3/31/2017
  11. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: Adam F – FYA". The Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  12. ^ a b "Floetry Album & Song Chart History – Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  13. ^ a b "Floetry Album & Song Chart History – R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  14. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – March 14, 2011: Floetic certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  15. ^ a b c "Billboard – Singles Chart Search Results". Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  16. ^ "Floetry". grammy.com.

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