Friends & Lovers by Marsha Ambrosius on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Though this is only her second solo album, Marsha Ambrosius' résumé explains why the illustrious Dr. Dre lends a rare guest verse to Friends & Lovers, on the standout track "Stronger" (her take on Sade's "Stronger Than Pride"). Ambrosius got her start as half of the mid-'00s R&B duo Floetry; she's written tracks for Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson and sang vocals for Kanye, Nas, and many others. Her pedigree shines through here as she fuses '80s quiet storm to the ethereal production of contemporary R&B, such as that of Frank Ocean. "69" has a murky underwater groove to it, while "Shoes," about pining for an ex, is classic lilting soul. This is modern R&B that's compellingly fluent in the genre's roots.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Though this is only her second solo album, Marsha Ambrosius' résumé explains why the illustrious Dr. Dre lends a rare guest verse to Friends & Lovers, on the standout track "Stronger" (her take on Sade's "Stronger Than Pride"). Ambrosius got her start as half of the mid-'00s R&B duo Floetry; she's written tracks for Alicia Keys and Michael Jackson and sang vocals for Kanye, Nas, and many others. Her pedigree shines through here as she fuses '80s quiet storm to the ethereal production of contemporary R&B, such as that of Frank Ocean. "69" has a murky underwater groove to it, while "Shoes," about pining for an ex, is classic lilting soul. This is modern R&B that's compellingly fluent in the genre's roots.

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About Marsha Ambrosius

Shortly after the end of her gold-selling R&B act Floetry, singer, songwriter, and producer Marsha Ambrosius -- whose biggest claim to fame as a writer is Michael Jackson's Top 20 hit "Butterflies" -- signed with Dr. Dre's Aftermath label. Nothing came from the short-lived alliance. While in creative limbo, Ambrosius -- a Liverpool, England native who moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania -- was nonetheless active, issuing a handful of mixtapes and collaborating with Alicia Keys ("Go Ahead'), Mario ("Why"), Jazmine Sullivan ("Music [All I Need]"), Jamie Foxx ("Freak'in Me"), and Wale ("Diary"). Ambrosius eventually signed with J Records, where she finally released her first official solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in 2011. The set debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, while the Top Five R&B single "Far Away" was nominated for Grammy awards in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance. J closed shop, and Ambrosius was shifted to RCA, where she released her follow-up, Friends & Lovers, in 2014. One of the album's most notable singles was "Stronger," on which she was joined by Dr. Dre. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Liverpool, England
  • BORN
    Aug 8, 1977

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