'Late Nights Early Mornings' - Marsha Ambrosius. Y'all already know Marsha is my girl. Love the concept of this vid. Watch it all the way to the end.
Kelly Price, Marsha Ambrosius, Jill Scott and Ledisi cover Nina Simone - Black Girls Rock (BET) - This is such an amazing performance!!
Cool Moment Flashback - I think this is my year of super cool things to happen. Crazy. Thx again Marsha, you are the dopest!!
Anthony, Melanie and Marsha def made the Music Matter!
So moments like last night make up for all my “I hate NY days”. Truth be told I don’t hate NY, but home is home is home, and you all know I love Jamaica more than anything in the world. Last night (April 5, 2011), near Union Square, at the Irving Plaza in Manhattan, NY, I had the pleasure of witnessing the BET Music Matters concert, which featured Anthony David, Melanie Fiona and Marsha Ambrosius. I paid US $30.50 (About J $2,623), and it was worth every penny of it! (Needed a money reference for when I read this in a few years, ha)
Nothing beats live music! And everything feels different live, which is why concerts will never die! Anthony David’s mellow vibe and smooth raspy tone had the ladies locked in, and his songs were cool, and sometimes clever, like “Girlfriend”. He had a 20 minute set, which was probably actually too short, but a 15 set change then led to the fiery, Melanie Fiona.
She came out with more energy than I have after a tub of Haagen Daz, and maintained it while singing in pitch perfect. I haven’t had the pleasure of seeing too many of her live performances, but this girl can SANG! She looked beautiful, and executed high energy choreography while engaging the audience. I definitely think she has the potential to be really huge in the coming years. She did a 45 minute set, and graciously thanked us as she left the stage. Another 15 minute set change would prepare us for Marsha, Marsha, Marsha.
Ms. Ambrosius, who the MC called Marsha Ambrosia, was in true form. She will always have to deal with people pronouncing her name however they want I’m sure…Something I’m all so familiar with, lol. I pronounce the ‘S’ on the end, but maybe I may need to be corrected. Decked out in a black mini dress showcasing her new slimmer figure, she belted out hits from the Floetry days like “Say Yes”, and convinced the crowd that ‘she should cheat on him with a basketball player’. She allowed her DJ to take us back on an old school journey through the years with classics like “One More Chance” by Notorious B.I.G., and classics like “Sweet Thing” by Rufus and Chaka Khan. She closed with “Far Away” and then came back to do a demanded encore with “Lose Myself”, which she delivered passionately.
The best part of my night was when sponsors, Flav drinks, had a text competition for 2 lucky fans to win a chance to meet Marsha, so you know who had his phone on cock for some rapid fire texting…Well all that texting paid off because I WON!!!! So my friend (@NNSmythe) and I got the pleasure of meeting Marsha. Cloud 9 moment. Sorry to have made you think I’m just connected and got backstage. I had to be honest with you and let you know it’s Mr. Quick Draw McGraw on texting here that got me the opp. Ha.
So let me first say that I am a huge fan of her, because there is no one else that does what Marsha does the way that she does. Pitch perfect, and just stylistically her all the time. She has a voice that exudes passion, and as a singer, I just can’t get enough of it. She could sing to me all night, so to be able to meet her was pretty epic! Interestingly enough I wasn’t nervous at all. It was after meeting her that I realized what happened, and spazzed just for a few seconds. So I know you all want to know what she was like…She was sweet and gracious. She welcomed us with hugs and kissed us, and we took pics with her, and got to chat for a minute or so. Mad cool peeps.
And so it doesn’t end there because on the way out, Anthony David was at his swag table, and just chillin’ like nobody’s biz. So my friend and I ctually took a pic with him, and I decided to buy a CD which he kindly signed for me. It was kinda cool that right before he took the pic, he was checking his Twitter. The beauty of this all is that we sometimes forget that entertainers are real people, and it’s good not to forget. They love what they do, but it’s also their job too, and they do normal things like look to see what their fans are saying on Twitter. It’s refreshing.
Here is some footage from the night:
I learned a lot from all 3 of these acts, especially as an artist myself, and I was really impressed with this concert. I would recommend you go see it. It ran perfectly on time, and all the performances were on point! Again, money well spent!
Follow these artists on twitter:
Melanie Fiona: http://www.twitter.com/MELANIEFIONA
Anthony David: http://www.twitter.com/antneedee
Marsha Ambrosius: http://www.twitter.com/MarshaAmbrosius
And follow BET Music Matters: http://www.twitter.com/musicmattersbet
Check out photos from the night by Carrington Deveraux: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sneakshot/sets/72157626316493529/with/5594683281/