Floetic is the debut album by the English neo soul duo Floetry, released by DreamWorks Records in the United States on 1 October 2002 and in the United Kingdom on 25 November 2002.
Since moving to the U.S. in 2000, the duo have written for Jill Scott, Jazz of Dru Hill, Glenn Lewis (Ambrosius only), Bilal, and Michael Jackson, for whom Ambrosius co-penned the 2002 hit single "Butterflies". In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic.
The album received favourable reviews from CMJ, Rolling Stone, Yahoo! Music, and other company sites. Allmusic gave the album three out of five stars.
Floetic debuted at number nineteen on the Billboard 200 and number four on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. On 14 July 2003, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America with U.S. sales of over 788,000 copies to date.
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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 800,000 records worldwide. Formed in 1997, Ambrosius and Stewart began writing songs and playing shows in and around London.
In 2002, the duo released their first album entitled, Floetic. The album sold over 788,000 copies in the United States.. Billboard. Retrieved: July 4, 2009. 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". Later in 2007, Natalie Stewart ("the Floacist") left the duo and was later temporarily replaced by femcee and MTV2 personality Amanda Diva in order to fulfill a record label touring requirement. Diva is no longer associated with the Floetry brand.
The two met due to their love of basketball. Stewart, who hails from London, was a superstar on her court, while Ambrosius wowed fans in her local English neighborhood. They were competitive, but not rivals, so a friendship was formed. Music was also a passion. Stewart relished in her reggae roots while Ambrosius had been raised in the funk and soul tradition. While attending Brits Performing Arts School, Ambrosius studied business and finance, but made room for courses in voice, performance technique, and recording. Stewart split her time between acting and directing. Later, Ambrosius and Stewart headed to college.
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. Still, they two kept in touch and raved about music. It wouldn't be until Stewart's girl group, 3 Plus 1, disbanded that Floetry would actually give music a serious shot. In 1997, Ambrosius and Stewart began writing songs and playing shows in and around London. Three years later, they moved to America in search of something bigger. A brief stint in Atlanta didn't pan out, but their time spent in Philadelphia proved golden. Ambrosius and Stewart befriended Julius Erving III, basketball great Julius Erving's son, in mid-2000.
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", 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.
Their third and final album Flo'Ology was released in November 2005. The album debuted at #7 on Billboard's Hot 200 and #2 on the Top R&B charts, and sold over 77,000 copies in its first week.. Billboard. Retrieved: July 4, 2009. The album included the single "Supastar" featuring rapper Common.
Flo'Ology was the third and final album with original member Natalie Stewart, who was replaced with Amanda Diva for tours in 2007. Soon after Floetry finished promoting its newest member, the group separated. Marsha Ambrosius was later signed as a solo artist to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.
Ambrosius is currently signed to Dr. Dre's record label, Aftermath Entertainment, as a solo musician.
Ambrosius has been featured on several songs including Common's "The Light '08 (It's Love)", Styles P's "I'm Black", The Game's "Start from Scratch" and "Why You Hate The Game" (featuring Nas), Busta Rhymes' "Get You Some" and "Cocaina", Nas' "Hustlers" (also featuring The Game, and Hi-Tek's "Music for Life". The group has also collaborated with Earth, Wind & Fire on their most recent album, Illumination, on the track "Elevated". Ambrosius is also featured on a track (Freak'in Me) on Jamie Foxx's 3rd album "Intuition"
As of 2010, Marsha has been recording her first solo studio album Late Nights & Early Mornings which was released March 1, 2011 on J Records.
In November 2010, Stewart released her first solo CD, "Floetic Soul", on the Shanachie Record Lable.
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