The super-talented British soul singer, songwriter, LGBT ally and R20 fave performed on Saturday at the Music Matters stage during the BET Experience at L.A. Live. The set included a gorgeous rendition of her cover of the Rufus/Chaka Khan classic "Sweet Thing."
One of the highlights of the 2011 Soul Train Awards was Marsha Ambrosius winning "The Ashford and Simpson Songwriter’s Award"/Record of the Year for her hit "Far Away." The track created a huge buzz earlier that year due to its amazing music video.
"Far Away" was the second single from Marsha Ambrosius' debut solo album Late Nights & Early Mornings. The video presents two Black gay men in love, and explores homophobia, gay bashing and LGBT youth suicide in the black community. The video went viral and after an appearance on BET's 106 & Park, it created major awareness among Black youth. R20 was one of the first media outlets to interview Ambrosius and discuss the video.
One more thing: Soul and R&B aficionados may enjoy Gerrick D. Kennedy's review of the Music Matters stage at the Los Angeles Times. The platform is "the network’s initiative to push emerging artists forward."
Mateo, Elijah Blake, Ab-Soul, Austin Brown and Bridget Kelly were among the fresh faces worth catching during the day’s lineup of free shows during the massive fan expo that attracted thousands to the surface lots surrounding L.A. Live.
The campaign has helped BET wave a flag for the next big things in urban music by giving artists exposure on a number of platforms. ... Before artists like J. Cole, Miguel, Kendrick Lamar, Estelle and Marsha Ambrosius lit up the charts, they got a major boost from the network through Music Matters.
Marsha Ambrosius is in the studio completing her second album Friends & Lovers. She released an emotional new track earlier this week—"Sky"—which addresses love and despair. AFTER THE JUMP watch Marsha perform "Sweet Thing" and listen to "Sky."