Songstress Marsha Ambrosius

When the British spoken word/neo-soul duo Floetry disbanded in 2007, it was uncertain if the world would ever hear an entire album from the songstress, Marsha Ambrosius, again. But now she’s back on the music scene with her debut solo album, “Late Nights & Early Mornings.”

The 13-track album features Ambrosius’ chart-climbing single, “Far Away,” as well as “Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player), “Tears” and a remix of “Butterflies,” a song she penned for the late Michael Jackson that landed on his 2001 album, “Invincible.”

While “Late Nights & Early Mornings” isn’t a complete departure from the sound she contributed to Floetry, it does take Ambrosius, 33, deeper than fans have ever heard her go before. “It was interesting to explore me as a women and where I am in life on record,” the singer/songwriter told TRACE Urban. “I had to speak my mind. There was nothing to hold me back…no other opinion to compromise. I had to be 100 percent secure with where I am, who I am. It wasn’t difficult, but it was surprising that I was ready to do that.”

Ambrosius contributed her writing and production skills to her debut, but the album also features production from Just Blaze, Dre & Vidal and Rich Harrison.

“Late Nights & Early Mornings” is in stores now.

By Brooks Newkirk

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