Born & Raised:
Born: Aug. 8, 1977 in Liverpool, England.
Raised in England.
Marsha Ambrosius was born in Liverpool, England, which is most notable for being the hometown of pop band The Beatles. In the 1990s, while in her teens, she attended the Brit School for Performing Arts & Technology, where she studied business and finance. She had planned to transfer to Georgia Tech university in Atlanta on a basketball scholarship, but had to withdraw due to injury. Eventually, she set her focus on music and founded a poetry group with her friend Natalie Stewart called Floetry in 1997.
As Floetry, Marsha the singer became known as The Songstress and Natalie, the spoken word artist, was the Floacist. They wrote and performed together for three years before moving to the United States in 2000. In 2002, they signed with DreamWorks Records and released their debut album, Floetic. During their first few years in the U.S. they toured as an opening act for Jill Scott, Dru Hill and others. Marsha also wrote Michael Jackson's 2002 hit single "Butterflies." The duo went on to release three albums together before breaking up.
In 2007, Marsha was signed to a solo deal with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. However, she left the label in early 2009 without having released two mixtapes, but not a full, official album. But before, during and after her stint with Aftermath, she was a featured performer on songs by various other R&B and hip-hop artists, including Jamie Foxx, Busta Rhymes and Nas. She signed to J Records in December 2009 and her official solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings
, came out in March 2011.
"For Nat and myself, it didn’t end on good terms but as damn near family members —- we're like sisters -— you go through things in life where you make your own decisions. We grew up into individuals and when people make decisions about what they want to do in life, you allow them to do so. That’s the right thing to do. There's no love lost whatsoever. I wish her the best in everything that she does." Marsha Ambrosius, to Rap-Up.com in March 2011, regarding her former Floetry groupmate, Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart.