Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Marsha Ambrosius while vending at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. Not too long after, I was able to speak with Ambrosius about her life and her music for my first Queens Inspire Kings interview series.
She is first remembered for being a member of the music duo Floetry. With her sultry sound, powerful vocals and gifted writing ability, it was only a matter of time before she went into solo recording. Hailing from England she currently resides in Philadelphia.
Marsha was nominated for a Grammy for “Best R and B Song”. Despite the nomination, Ambrosius explains that she does not write or record songs as what she feels will win her an award or what will give air play. Ambrosius goes into detail about the creative process behind creating her music.
When I asked about her move from Liverpool, England to Philadelphia she explained that she visited Philadelphia, because someone bought her a ticket. Not too long after leaving for a short period of time she fell in love with it.
Ambrosius describes the surrealism of writing “Butterflies”, a come back song for the pop legend Michael Jackson, but also explains the intended purpose for writing the song. Originally the song was not written for Jackson, but actually was a confessional she wrote it about a man that she had a crush on in London. Upon her arrival to Philadelphia a demo was recorded. Along with “Butterflies”, “Say Yes” which was recorded by Floetry was also on the demo. Out of the few songs that were on the demo Jackson chose “Butterflies”.
Having this time to be able to speak with the Queen Marsha Ambrosius was definitely a humbling experience. Check out the video.
Video by Julian of Forever Dope Society.