Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart are the funky divas behind the neo-soul
duo, Floetry. Ambrosius and Stewart emerged in the mid-nineties
as songwriters in demand. They're behind some of the new millennium's
biggest hits, too.
The pair has
written tracks for Michael Jackson, Jill Scott, Glenn Lewis and
Bilal. While they're highly respected behind the scenes, Floetry
is their way of moving up front.
the songstress to Stewart's spoken-word impresario or "floacist"
role. The two met due to their love of basketball. Stewart, who
hails from London, was superstar on her court while Ambrosius wowed
fans in her local English neighborhood. They were competitive, but
not rivals, so a friendship was formed. Music was also a passion.
Ambrosius relished in her reggae roots while Stewart found herself
grooving to funk and soul. While attending Brits Performing Arts
School, Ambrosius studied business and finance, but made room for
courses in voice, performance technique and recording. Stewart split
her time between acting and directing. Later, Ambrosius and Stewart
headed to college.
to attend Georgia Tech University on a basketball scholarship, but
injury forced her to bow out. Stewart headed for Middlesex University,
eventually transferring to North London University. Still, they
two kept in touch and raved about music. It wouldn't be until Stewart's
girl group, 3 Plus 1, disbanded that Floetry would actually give
music a serious shot.
In 1997, Ambrosius
and Stewart began writing songs and playing shows in and around
London. Three years later, they moved to America in search of something
bigger. A brief stint in Atlanta didn't pan out, but their time
spent in Philadelphia proved golden. Ambrosius and Stewart befriended
J. Erving, basketball great Julius Erving's son, in mid-2000. Floetry
and Erving clicked instantly. Erving signed on as their manager
and hooked the ladies up with Jeff Townes, aka DJ Jazzy Jeff, for
some recording. That's when the deals started trickling in -- Floetry
were official and living out a dream. In 2002, they inked a deal
with DreamWorks and touched up their own work for a debut album.
Floetic appeared in October 2002. Flo' Ology followed three years