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Music

Marsha Ambrosius Readies Sophomore Album

When Marsha Ambrosius stepped away from the group Floetry, some folks thought would she be able to create classics that R&B enthusiasts had come to love like “Say Yes.” With the release of her first solo album, Late Nights & Early Mornings which debuted at No. 2 and earned her two Grammy nominations, the naysayers were quieted.

Just weeks away from Essence Music Festival performance in New Orleans, Marsha sat down with ESSENCE.com to talk about the release of her forthcoming sophomore effort.
“It’s cooked,” beamed Ambrosius with excitement. “It’s a well prepared meal with gorgeous side dishes and snacks. With Late Nights and Early Mornings I was very precise in how I wanted it to be, but with this one, I don’t feel like I’m taking chances. I feel like I can be me now.”

What’s different about this project than the last?

“The first time around it was me showing and proving that I had a lane and an avenue to cover. But this album (she screams with joy), I definitely had to live it to write it.”

When asked what her Marshians (her legions of die-hard fans) can expect.

“The sound and authenticity is still there. As far as a difference, you will be able to tell I experienced more this time. There is this expectancy there; I know who I’m talking to. I get to target the people I’ve met along the way.”

Despite staying mum about the album title and guest appearances, Ambrosius did reveal that she’s aiming for a Thanksgiving release.

New Music: Ciara “Sweat”

It’s almost sad as a Ciara fan, to see her floundering in a sea of bad imaging and wrong song choice over and over again. I really don’t see her newest release “Sweat” featuring 2 Chainz adding the much needed spark back to her music career that has been on life support since after the release of her sophomore album. But who am I? Take a listen and let me know what you think about this track:

New Music: Tweet Releases Aretha Franklin Cover

 

The last time I saw R&B singer Tweet perform it was at the Rochester Music Fest, which just so happens to also be her hometown. Gerald Levert was also on the bill and tore the place down with his soulful, powerful vocals and commanding presence. I never knew that would be the last time I would see Gerald do his thing live and also never thought it would be almost 10 years before I heard new music from Tweet.

Her voice was so clear and true on that summer afternoon in Rochester, NY and her voice is just as beautiful all these years later.

The Southern Hummingbird covers Aretha Franklin’s “Day Dreaming” but adds her flare to the heart-felt track! Take a listen and tell me what you think of the song!

Look for her forthcoming album Simply Tweet due out later this year! She will be releasing new music every Tuesday, stay tuned!