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Floetry
Floetry.New.jpg
Stewart and Ambrosius, 2016
Background information
Origin London, England
Genres
Years active
  • 1997–2005
  • 2015–2016
Labels
Associated acts Common
Website www.floetry.net
Members Marsha Ambrosius
Natalie Stewart

Floetry were 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.

Career

Beginnings: 1997–2002

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: 2002–03

In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album Floetic, which featured the singles "Floetic", "Say Yes" (released March 2003), 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" featuring rapper Mos Def.

Flo'Ology: 2005–06

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.[1] The album included the single "Supastar" featuring rapper Common.

Epilogue: 2007–14

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.[2] 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–present

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.[3] 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.[4]

Discography

Studio albums

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK
[5]
US
[6]
US R&B
[7]
Floetic 19 4
Flo'Ology 167 7 2
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums

Title Details Peak chart
positions
US
[6]
US R&B
[7]
Floacism "Live"
  • Release date: 18 November 2003
  • Label: DreamWorks Records
  • Formats: CD, cassette
74 11

Singles

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
UK
[5]
US
[9]
US R&B
[9]
US Dance
[9]
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

Awards

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

References

External links

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