Multi-Grammy nominated musician Marsha Ambrosius knows a little something about writing great songs. Whether it's as one half of Floetry, on 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.
Marsha Ambrosius will unleash her next tale of love and life through the release of her sophomore solo album, Friends & Lovers. Produced and written by Marsha, Friends & Lovers features collaborations with Charlie Wilson, Skye and Lindsey Sterling. The sixteen-track album plays host to a variety of standout records including the hip-hop flavored "Stronger" featuring Dr. Dre, which is a remake of Sade's "Stronger Than Pride." The track, produced by Marsha, is the perfect combination of soul and hip-hop. When discussing the collaboration, Marsha joyfully offers, "I've been privileged to be under great wings that have allowed me to shine."
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 opted to take different paths and despite the difficulties of ending a 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 Alicia Keys, Kanye West, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Nas. She's been nominated for a total of six Grammys, honored by BMI as their "Songwriter of the Year" and has a devoted fan base that includes her musical idols Prince and Stevie Wonder.
From barefoot dreadlocked troubadour to suave standard-bearer for contemporary R&B. Eric Benet may have changed his look, but one thing has remained consistent: his dedication to crafting authentic music that engages the soul.
"I'm not chasing any current whatevers," says Benet, a four-time Grammy Award nominee. "It's about music that gives me goose bumps and touches my soul. That's always been a good barometer for me."
Case in point: the singer-songwriter's latest top 5 Urban AC single, "Sunshine." The pure soul/R&B track provides the perfect backdrop for Benet's heartfelt reflections on a relationship that has lost its spark. The hit has since sparked a remix version featuring Tamia--the singer's memorable duet partner on his career breakthrough hit, 1999's "Spend My Life with You."
"`Spend' is almost like the national anthem vocally," notes Benet. "You've got to have so much in your arsenal to successfully sing it. Not many singers can do that. But Tamia is all that and more. So it was such a joy to reunite with her on the `Sunshine' remix."
Adds the singer, whose smooth tenor-to-falsetto range still rings crystal clear, "When you listen to my songs, they start off with nice intros and builds. Then they slowly bring you back down to earth. I wanted to do that with this album too: take people on a journey, get their hearts jumping and feet moving before getting down to the intimate and lovely side of things."
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