Marsha Ambrosius’ New Video ‘Far Away’ Tackles Gay Bashing and Suicide

“Far Away,” the first video of Marsha Ambrosius’ forthcoming album ‘Late Nights & Early Mornings,’ has a huge message behind it. The song was written after her close friend attempted suicide and now Ambrosius wants to create awareness around gay bashing, suicide and homophobia in the urban community.

“I lost a friend and I’ve had friends that have attempted suicide,” Ambrosius tells the Associated Press. “There are people that don’t have a voice to speak out and show what is happening and what can happen, so I just wanted people to see the honesty in it and be aware.”

In the recently released music video, a male friend of Ambrosius is assaulted and treated badly after kissing another man. The clip concludes with the man lying on his couch; a suicide letter and dozens of pills are visible.

“Because they’re in such a bad place in their lives, there’s nothing you can do to help someone if they can’t help themselves,” she said.

Ambrosius, who says she has a lot of gay fans, wants to help share their voice.

“I go to my shows and my audience is predominantly gay … I’ve been approached by many who’ve said my music has influenced them and we’ll speak about experiences that they’ve had. It’s just only right that I give that voice back,” she said.

“I think many musicians separate themselves from what they’re actually going through in real life for fear of being judged for, you know, what their political views are (and) what they feel personally about things that are going on in the real world,” she said. “Music for me is personal and that’s the only way I know how to approach it.”


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