-By Samantha Hunter
They say that all good things must come to an end. But when musical partners Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart —collectively known as Floetry— announced their breakup in 2006, it felt like the abrupt end of something better than just good. Both women went on to establish themselves as formidable solo artists in the nine years of their estrangement, and while fans cheered each artist for her solo success, they also dreamed of a day when the two musical forces would be reunited once again.
The dream was realized this past winter when the dynamic duo announced their reunion tour, which kicked off in mid-May and concludes in early August. We caught their NYC set on July 20 at B.B. King’s, where these London ladies came together in grand style to represent and confirm what Floetry fans around the world already know— as good as they are individually, together as Floetry they are GREAT! Here’s 4 reasons why Floetry is simply better together.
They Look Phenomenal Together
Remember when the Grammy-nominated group came out in 2002 with their debut album Floetic? They immediately grabbed our attention with their funky vibe and stylish earthy/groovy fashions to match. Since then, both ladies have gone on to transform and evolve musically and physically— Ambrosius showed up and showed out in 2011 with the release of her chart-topping solo project Late Nights and Early Mornings, sporting trademark big hair, lean legs for days and a tight, toned physique. Stewart underwent a similar transformation, as witnessed during the release of her 2010 solo record, Floetic Soul. Stewart dropped jaws and popped eyes with her shorn head and slender, tattooed physique. Both have managed to maintain a seemingly healthier lifestyle and kept the weight off, inspiring countless fans to make physical fitness and well-being a priority.
They Are The Ying To Each Other’s Yang
There is a synergy and energy about Floetry that is apparent from the moment they take the stage. As the self-proclaimed “Songstress” and “Floacist,” they have an intrinsic understanding of the role each plays individually and collectively to create the magic that they make on record and onstage. It is a beautiful thing to watch each artist play her role with such confidence and charisma, stepping boldly into a space where they are not competing but complementing each other with every note sung and every word spoken. Stewart conjures up images of earthiness, while Ambrosius’ ethereal vocal styling evokes thoughts of a heavenly realm. Where these two worlds meet is a place of perfection.
They Are The Perfect Blend of Edutainment
We’re not sure who made us smile harder and laugh louder— Stewart, with her sarcastic rant/response to the question “What has she been up to?” (she’s just been home, serving her community and struggling to groom her own garden and tomatoes), or Ambrosius, with her admission that she’s a sophisticated ratchet who knows how to “turn up” with class. The pair presented a perfectly balanced blend of righteous and ratchet as Stewart performed her hit single “Breathe.” They also raised the consciousness of the audience with mention of the disturbing state of American affairs, including the South Carolina church killings. Without missing a beat Ambrosius lightened the mood with her performance of her hit song “Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player)”, complete with a few choice curse words for good measure.
They Know How To Have A Good Time Together
Perhaps the best part of the evening was the end, when Stewart and Ambrosius came together onstage to show their love for this thing we call music. They set the roof on fire with a medley of beloved throwbacks and party jams like “It Takes Two” by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock, “Real Love” by Mary J. Blige, “Candy” by Cameo, and “Poison” by Bell Biv DeVoe. They set up their last song of the night by reminding us that at the end of the day, it’s all about the message. The crowd lost it and burst into a laughing, dancing hysteria as Floetry started to sing, “So let your soul glo!” from the 1988 Eddie Murphy classic Coming to America. The concert ended with both ladies shouting out another hilarious movie tidbit, “sexual chocolate” and reminding us all that at the end of the day, life is too short to not have a little fun with it.