February 21, 2024

ABOVE PHOTO: Marsha Ambrosius performing on the Wolf Creek Amphitheater in 2019.  (Editorial credit score: Anthony J. Davis / Shutterstock.com)

By Kharisma McIlwaine 

On December 15, Marsha Ambrosius returned to Philadelphia for 2 performances at Metropolis Vineyard. Ambrosius greeted a crowd of followers who have been desirous to sing alongside from the primary notice. She gave the viewers loads of alternatives to take part whereas serenading them with a few of her greatest hits together with, “Late Nights & Early Mornings,” “Far Away,” “Butterflies”— which she penned for the long-lasting Michael Jackson — the endlessly hilarious “Hope She Cheats,” and completed along with her not too long ago launched track entitled “The Biggest.”  

After Ambrosius’s first efficiency, she sat down with the SUN to debate her love for Philadelphia, her present tour, and what followers can stay up for along with her upcoming album.

Ambrosius — initially from Liverpool, England — moved to Philadelphia in 2000. It was right here the place her profession really started to blossom. Her pleasure at returning to town was palpable.

“It’s good — it looks like house nonetheless,” Ambrosius mentioned. “There’s this a part of me that’s, like, ‘Wow I grew up right here. All of my formative grownup years occurred right here.’ I take Philly with me all over the place I’m going now.”

Ambrosius is at the moment on  a a number of metropolis tour at numerous Metropolis Vineyard areas. 

“It’s my first time being at this one (Metropolis Vineyard Philadelphia). It wasn’t right here after I left,” she mentioned. “The tour has been superb. We began in Chicago, then St. Louis, New York… there have been so many. It’s going to finish in Atlanta and we’re doing Pittsburgh tomorrow. It’s been very nice. I simply love the ambiance. You get to have a pleasant chill dinner, drinks, vibe — and everyone seems to be there for that sort of really feel. It virtually looks like there’s no stress — it’s simply simple.”

Ambrosius performs two reveals an evening, which she attributes to her love for efficiency.

“It’s grueling, however you get pleasure from as a result of it’s a unique setting every time — an early present, late present and it’s totally different vibes,” she mentioned.

Ambrosius’s band, which is comprised of three musicians on bass, drums and the piano solely, amplify her musicianship with intricate and seamless transitions that mix her songs with different R&B classics.

“Ray, (bass) I’ve been enjoying with for over 10 years now, Darryl on drums is sort of 5 or 6 years in, and Devin was launched to me by Darryl, and this was his first time with me,” Ambrosius mentioned. “We’ve all received this connection. We gel and we now have such enjoyable once we’re on stage with one another.” 

Along with the unimaginable physique of labor Ambrosius has already completed, she continues to try to present her followers extra along with her subsequent section of music. 

Ambrosius collaborated and co-produced her whole upcoming album “Casablanco” with Dr. Dre. “Casablanco” gives followers a tangible instance of the infinite prospects that always include attempting new issues. 

“I would like them to know, you’ll be able to nonetheless push for extra,” she mentioned. “I really feel like anybody who has adopted my work, in the event that they’ve beloved me since working with Michael Jackson, or since my Floetry days,  23 years later I get to say, ‘Effectively, now I’m doing one thing once more for the primary time’ and that’s doing an album with Dr. Dre that we each produced collectively. That’s one among one — nobody has accomplished that earlier than. [After] 23 years within the sport, to have the ability to say you’re doing one thing for the primary time — it’s permitting my followers and household to develop with me. I similar to attending to do one thing new that I’m enthusiastic about and I’m enthusiastic about “Casablanco”.” 

“The Biggest,” which performed a pivotal position in ESPN’s Heisman trophy promotions, gave followers their first glimpse of what’s to return musically from the brand new album.

“It’s a part of the marketing campaign for the Heisman trophy for ESPN, in order that’s how followers received to listen to a style of one thing new that was coming from “Casablanco” world,” she mentioned.

Though this isn’t the primary time Ambrosius and Dr. Dre have labored collectively, they’re collaborating on this challenge in a a lot totally different capability, and so they strategy it with a freedom that’s refreshingly new.

“I’ve been working with Dre since 2005 or 2006.” Ambrosius mentioned. “I need to say The Recreation’s “Begin from Scratch” was our first affiliation. He reached out — he’d truly come to a Floetry present and pulled my supervisor to the facet and mentioned, ‘Hey, I’d wish to deliver her to the studio and see how that goes.’  From there we collaborated on totally different stuff. It was The Recreation, Busta Rhymes, after which onto the “Straight Out of Compton” soundtrack, then it was GTA and now it’s “Casablanco” in the course of the pandemic. We’re simply constructing and constructing. So, to work with him, it’s to have somebody that I respect that a lot nonetheless need to be entrance row at my present. It’s a good alternate of admiration and respect creatively for each other to have the ability to do one thing collectively that’s this superb.”

“You’d must think about if somebody with Dr. Dre’s stature and musical information had a musical playground and mentioned, “have at it, do what you’ll’ with each musical software that you would be able to put your fingers on, with every bit of musical info you’ll be able to muster up and make one thing,” Ambrosius added. “So, it was like playdough with a billionaire and that’s what the album is… musical playdough with a billionaire.”

“Casablanco” is ready to be launched in 2024. Within the interim, comply with Marsha Ambrosius throughout social media platforms @marshaambrosius to remain updated on upcoming performances and the official launch date.