Floetry, 3LW, Aretha Franklin, Brian McKnight, Erykah Badu, Heather Headley, Shakara, TG-4, and Tyrese were on hand for the 9th Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California on Saturday (August 23).
3LW performered at the event, as well as Brian McKnight. Erykah Badu was the recipient of the Aretha Franklin Award.
Check out pictures from GettyImages (arrivals / pressroom / show) and WireImage (arrivals / show / pressroom).
Mekeisha Madden of The Detroit News spoke with Floetry’s songwriter and poet Natalie Stewart who takes issue with being labeled as “neo-soul”. She says, “When people say ‘neo-soul,’ they act like you have to burn incense and be au naturale. Our songs are conversations with the listener, music that a lot of different people can relate to. We make music. Neo-soul? How can soul music be new? It’s a new angle maybe.”
Floetry were on hand at The 3rd Annual BET Awards Electronic Pressroom on Monday (June 23) at the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures from WireImage.
Craig Smith of the Washington Post reviewed Floetry’s show at the 9:30 club earlier this month. Smith writes, “Backed by four instrumentalists, Floetry — urbane rhymer Natalie Stewart and chic crooner Marsha Ambrosius — focused on self-empowerment that would make Dr. Phil proud. On the wickedly catchy ‘Mr. Messed Up,’ the ladies firmly urged former beaus to ‘take it personal’ on their way out the door. Ballads were plentiful: ‘Sunshine,’ for one, coolly utilized the to-and-fro blend of Stewart’s slow, rapping couplets and Ambrosius’s hefty melodic belts.”
Natalie Stewart of Floetry tells Rashod D. Ollison of the Baltimore Sun that she’s always writing, and she and her partner Marsha Ambrosius are working on a few things for their sophomore album. “Poetry is in everything,” Stewart says. “I could, you know, sit on my grandmother’s porch and hear poetry in the way people speak. Really, what Marsha and I are trying to do with our music is extend ourselves and spread our light.”
Fresh from the Tanqueray Soul Suite Tour, neo-soul artists Floetry will be saluted in honor of their three Grammy nominations with an exclusive event at Powder in New York City sponsored by Tanqueray on Friday (February 21). The group has nominations in three Grammy categories including Best Urban/Alternative Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Contemporary Album. Scheduled guests include Busta Rhymes, Cam’ron, Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys, Musiq, Tyrese, Usher, and more. Read more.
The Soul Train Music Awards nominations were given out earlier today, and amongst the nominees were Ashanti and Amerie, who led the way with three nominations each, and Usher, Dru Hill, Floetry, TLC, Mary J. Blige, Angie Stone, Heather Headley, Musiq, and Jaheim. The awards will be presented during a March 1st ceremony at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Read on for a complete list of nominees.
R&B acts showing up on talk television this week include Floetry making an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Tuesday, while Mya comes through to MTV’s Total Request Live on Thursday to talk about her move to the big screen with Chicago.
Christopher O’Connor of the Phoenix New Times reviewed Floetry’s new album ‘Floetic’ saying the album “sets a sublime mood but proves that some things are better left unimported.” O’Connor added of the British duo, “Too often, Floetry relies on the requisite backbone of the slow jam, on which it effectively jerks off into a mike. Other times, as on ‘Say Yes’ and ‘Getting Late,’ the two lock into an intriguing, slinky groove and then get stuck, dragging the slowness to the edge of boredom.” Phoenixnewtimes.com has since removed the review.
Jim Farber of the New York Daily News chatted with Floetry whose album ‘Floetic’ recently debuted in the Billboard’s Top 20. While listeners lump them into the American neo-soul genre, the British duo say otherwise. Marsha Ambrosius said, “There’s nothing neo about soul. It must be the oldest thing on the planet.” Bandmate Natalie Stewart added, “We’re rock stars. Not in the genre sense, but in terms of being real musical artists, the way OutKast are, or the Roots.”