Natalie Stewart, a slam champion and a founding member of the performance poetry group 3 Plus 1 which was rising to critical acclaim throughout London, Birmingham, and Manchester, invited Marsha Ambrosius to join her on stage to perform at a spoken word night, where they debuted a piece called Fantasize. Floetry was born.
Floetry released two albums, Floetic (2002) and Flo’Ology (2005) and a live DVD Floacism (2003) all to much critical acclaim including 7 Grammy nominations a Mercury Prize nomination and 3 Soul Train awards.
In February 2006 Marsha signed a solo deal with Aftermath Records. In 2007 she released ‘NEO SOUL IS DEAD’ a gangster rap mixtape that sent shots to the Neo Soul community and her former musical partner. Dropping the name ‘The Songstress’, Marsha continued to write for and feature on various artists projects. She was released from Aftermath in 2009, without ever releasing a solo album. In 2009 she signed with J Records, where her now long awaitEd Solo album has been pushed back several times throughout 2010, and is now slated for possible release in 2011.
Following the disbanding of the group, Natalie returned home to the UK. After a four year hiatus 2010 has seen the return of The Floacist as she reemerged with the release of a free download of a brand new spoken word compilation series entitled, ‘The Floacist presents Spoken Soul Vol.I’, available at her website www.thefloacist.com. (released 06-18-10). In June 2010, The Floacist partnered with Shanachie Entertainment to release her debut solo album, ‘The Floacist presents FLOETIC SOUL’, on which she is joined by her friends Raheem DeVaughn, Lalah Hathaway and Musiq Soulchild. FLOETIC SOUL will be available on ITunes, Amazon and at all Target locations nationwide (US) on November 9th 2010.