Having worked with the likes of Alicia Keys, Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes, and even the late Michael Jackson, Marsha Ambrosius is most notably known as the former member of the English R&B duo Floetry. Despite much delays, the singer/songwriter finally released her debut album as a solo artist in March 2011. Her singles off of the project include “Hope She Cheats On You” and “Far Away,” which included a controversial video regarding the violence amongst homosexuals.
Of the new project, Ambrosius tells Singersroom “I’m really kinda getting back to what was me prior to being in the public eye.”
So what was the old Marshaâ¦Here is what she tells Singersroom Exclusively:
“For me, I haven’t at all. I’m really kinda getting back to what was me prior to being in the public eye. Because what the music industry does to you is offer you everything for free, such as your rider. And when you’re an artist, you request what you want for in venues, what you want in dressing rooms, what you want in the studio.. And for me, I exhausted every possibility as far as that was concerned and I got very, very selfish. So it wasn’t a healthy option. It was the unhealthy option because I was so hyped to be in America that it was cheese steaks, that it was pizza, hot wings, jalapeno poppers, mozzarella sticks, more pizza, Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Burger King; this is all in one day. This is all because I was so excited to be out here and image was never really a concern as far as getting a deal. The music drove what was my career versus image. So when you get caught up in the luxury of that, you can become lackadaisical.. And I did. And I knew that. Because prior to being in the industry, I was a basketball player. The only reason why I don’t play is because I tore a ligament so my plan B was music. But with that is the same eating habit as a basketball player without working out.
[Laughs] Hence the weight gain and then me getting just really comfortable with just having to play a backseat to whom I am as a person because I had compromised opinion; I was in a group situation where I don’t have to be in the forefront. I can just sing the songs and go back to the studio, write the music, sing the songsâ¦ and it’s just my late nights and early mornings were very unhealthy back then. So getting to where I am now was just getting back to me and not lying to myself about being comfortable. No pressure whatsoever from outside sources. It was really a conscious decision to get right. With that came weight loss, and people were like “oh my gosh you lost so much weight” but without really seeing me in the public eye since what was 2005, 2006. It was years later. I didn’t lose weight overnight. I didn’t have gastric bypass surgery. I did Weight Watchers from 2004 through now, which implement a point system that gives you a calorie count based on your weight. And it’s worked. Clearly. [Laughs]And I’m just rolling with it.”
Currently, Marsha is performing throughout U.S. on the BET Music Matters Tour with Melanie Fiona to promote her debut album. She will be following this tour by joining Jill Scott’s tour this summer.
Stay clicked to Singersroom for our detailed interview with Ms. Ambrosius, who was nominated as one of Singersroom’s 2011 NextDiva.
Marsha Ambrosius has been a major player in the music industry for over two decades, but she’s recently opened up about how easy it is to get caught up in the luxury and glamor of the business. In an exclusive interview with Complex magazine, she discussed how this can lead to becoming lackadaisical which affects creativity and growth. The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter revealed why it’s important to stay grounded and focused on her craft while navigating through fame and success.
The British native began her career as one half of Floetry before launching a solo career that included hit singles like “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” and “Far Away.” Through her journey thus far, Marsha has seen both sides of the coin: from selling out shows around the world to getting complacent with her sound and songwriting process.
In our exclusive sit down, we hear Marsha share what inspired her to break away from certain environments, how she maintains creative control over her music, plus more inspiring words of wisdom for aspiring artists who want longevity in their careers. Read on for a peek inside Marsha Ambrosius’ candid conversation about staying humble during times of success.
Overview Of Marsha Ambrosius’ Music Career
Marsha Ambrosius is a singer-songwriter and record producer who has enjoyed immense success in the music industry. She first rose to fame as one half of the soul duo Floetry, alongside Natalie Stewart. The group released three studio albums between 2002 and 2005, with singles such as ‘Say Yes’ and ‘Getting Late’. Since then, Marsha has gone on to pursue her own solo career; releasing two full length albums, an EP, and several mixtapes. Through her music, she’s been able to reach audiences around the world and gain recognition from both fans and critics alike.
Despite enjoying much success throughout her career, Marsha admits that at times she found herself getting caught up in the luxury of the music business – leading her to become lackadaisical about what she was doing. In an interview for Zora magazine, she said: “I got so comfortable within my own space I was almost like coasting.” This realization led her to refocus on creating meaningful work that reflects the growth she experienced over time. As a result, we’ve seen some of her most powerful projects come out lately – including songs such as ‘Old Times’ and ‘Wasted Time’ which feature soaring vocals layered over passionate instrumentals.
The importance of taking breaks when needed can be highlighted by looking at how Marsha Ambrosius uses them strategically during lengthy periods of productivity. By not allowing herself to burnout or feel overwhelmed while working on multiple musical projects simultaneously, it allows her more room to explore new sounds without feeling rushed or pressured into making decisions too quickly. Ultimately this gives us listeners something special each time she releases new material – making sure that we’re always eager for what’s next.
Reflection On The Drawbacks Of The Music Industry
Despite the many benefits of working in music, it’s also important to consider some of the drawbacks that come with being a part of this industry. When artists like Marsha Ambrosius get caught up in the luxury and glamour of show business, they can start taking things for granted and become lackadaisical about their craft. As we saw earlier, this is something that even she has experienced firsthand during her career.
Another downside for many musicians within this field is often the financial instability that comes with it. With record labels not always offering the best contracts or deals – especially when you’re starting out – it can make it difficult to maintain any form of consistent income. This means that while pursuing your passion may be rewarding in itself, having other sources of income available is essential if you want to remain sustainable over time.
These are all issues that have been brought up by countless others who work in music before us; making it clear that there needs to be more attention paid towards creating better opportunities for those involved in order to maximize creative output without sacrificing quality or stability. It’s only then will we truly see an environment where everyone can thrive and reach their full potential as musicians.
In conclusion, Marsha Ambrosius’ experience in the music business has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows. On one hand, she was able to make her dreams come true by becoming an accomplished musician. On the other hand, it’s easy for artists to get caught up in the luxury of being successful and become lackadaisical with their craft. Ultimately, this is something that can happen to anyone in any profession: getting comfortable and complacent with success. To avoid this pitfall, Marsha recommends focusing on personal growth and development above all else. She believes that if you stay hungry and continue to challenge yourself artistically, you will always be able to remain at the top of your game. Her advice should serve as an inspiration for any aspiring musicians out there who may feel overwhelmed or discouraged by the industry at times – don’t let anything stop you from achieving greatness!
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