Single Of The Week: Marsha Ambrosius – Luh Ya (Human Re Sources/eOne)
Now you just give yourself a favor. You select you favorite platform and go for Marsha Ambrosius‘ ‘Luh Ya’, right?. You click on listen and close your eyes. Then you let us know about the first artist’s name comin’ to your mind, huh?
Well, I guess it won’t make offense to anyone when saying chances are great the first on your lips should/will be the one of the late Michael Jackson. Besides, let’s not forget how Marsha Ambrosius pretty much came to fame as an author. This when she wrote Jacko‘s Top 20 hit ‘Butterflies’ back in 2001. And I suppose he pretty much could have done his thing too while givin’ his own rendition of ‘Luh Ya’.
On a smooth groovy tip delicately borrowing the rhythm pattern from The Soul Searchers‘ 1974 seminal ‘Ashley’s Roadclip’… ‘Luh Ya’ just comes up with a title speakin’ for itself. Geared towards the theme of finding the love of a lifetime. A song which could easily be about her husband. Although its second verse sounds more like applying to the love between a mom and her child. With the latter, Nyla, giving her name to the title of the freshly squeezed album ‘Luh Ya’ is taken from….
‘Luh Ya’ most likely embeds all the ingredients of a timeless First League song. With thanks to Harmony Samuels‘ one of a kind production work. Meanwhile the ‘Nyla’ album is most definitely one of the jewels of this year 2018. This with a bunch of extra goodies to lift up your hearts and souls. From the firing ‘I Got It Bad’ to the lascivious ‘Let Out’. Not to mention The vibrant ‘How High’. With more from us more from us regarding the matter in the comin’ weeks/months. Thus givin’ us the opportunity to give a further push to its first offshot, ‘Luh Ya’ which saw the light back in May 2017. With extra remixes in the pipeline speakin’ of which we’ll keep you posted as well…
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Also known as the Songstress, Liverpool native Marsha Ambrosius first came to fame a one half of R&B pair Floetry. This while sharing the bill with London hailing Natalie Stewart aka The Floacist. The twosome attended the BRIT School for Performing Arts and Technology. With Ambrosius studying Business and Finance. And Stewart, Performing Arts, Media and Art.
Floetry saw the light nack in 1999 when Ambrosius joined Stewart on stage at a spoken word night called Poets vs MC’s. The ladies debuting there a piece that they had written together called ‘Fantasize’, combining spoken word and singing.
A year after they travelled to the United States to perform on the poetry circuit. After frequenting spoken word/poetry spots in Atlanta, GA, they moved on to Philadelphia, PA where they met Darren Henson and Keith Pelzer of DJ Jazzy Jeff‘s Touch Of Jazz studio and began recording.
By 2002, they signed a record deal with Dreamworks Records. Eventually putting out their debut-album – ‘Floetic’ – which featured the singles ‘Floetic’ and ‘Getting Late’. This in addition to the unmissable ‘Say Yes’ which we eventually listed in our 10 essential sexy jams. A gem which Darryl James brought into a blowing perspective on his remix for Fall Out Records. And by the same period, Ambrosius came to work with Michael Jackson. Composing and singing the back-up vocals of ‘Butterflies’ from his 2001 ‘Invincible’ album.
‘Flo’Ology’, their second and final album, hit the streets back in November 2005. One would most likely remember it for the single ‘SupaStar’ featuring Rapper Common. ‘Meanwhile ‘Feelings’ also came to see the light on Fall Out Records the year after. Although this time with remixing work courtesy of Pablo Martinez.
Shortly after the end of her gold-selling R&B venture, Marsha Ambrosius eventually signed with Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath label. Although nothing came from this short-lived partnership. Collaborating with various luminaries from Alica Keys (‘Go Ahead’) to Mario (‘Why’) and Jamie Foxx (‘Freak In Me’) among others, Ambrosius eventually signed with J Records in 2009. Dropping her solo debut-album – ‘Late Nights & Early Mornings’ – two years later. An effort that spanned the memorable ‘Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)’ and ‘Far Away’. The latter getting nominations for Grammy Awards in the categories of Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance.
When J Records closed shop as a part of an internal restructuration, Marsha got shifted to RCA. There, she released her follow-up, ‘Friends & Lovers’, in 2014. With the latter featuring the memorable ‘Stronger’ that saw Dr. Dre joinin’ her. The year after, she received a nomination for Grammy Award for Best Traditional R&B Performance for ‘As’. A cut she has recorded with Anthony Hamilton as a part of ‘The Best Man Holiday’ OST.
In March 2017, Marsha Ambrosius premiered a non-album single by the likes of ‘Don’t Wake The Baby’. And two months later, she released ‘Luy Ya’. The first single from a then untitled album, which also marked her move to an independent label. Then thirteen months after came its follow-up, ‘Old Times’. With the arrival of the Autumn 2018 seeing her dropping her third album – ‘Nyla’ – along with its third offshot by the likes of ‘Flood’. With ‘Luh Ya’ undergoing remixing treatment…