She’s androgynous, sounding like a better version of every salivated-over R&B dude on “So Good,” and sings a flirty, upper range baby blues about running back to an ex-lover on “Shoes.” The latter, like “You and I,” is gorgeous mid-tempo soul, calling upon past decades (doo-wop and smooth ’80s R&B, respectively) without sounding dated.This is Ambrosius’ strength: like fellow R&B aesthete Terius Nash, she is a prescient and gifted songwriter, carrying a torch for the genre’s craftsmanship as it is reshaped over time.Her skill, and the song’s immediate familiarity for most listeners, renders “Run” one of her best compositions to date.

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And coming into my own, it was like, “Wow I’m a grown woman now.” When I was singing “Say Yes” and “Getting Late” and all those other songs I wrote in Floetry, I was really young then, I was like 21, 22 then. So that was the beginning of the journey of putting together and album that will play from beginning to end and sound like one song. An album isn’t supposed to be a collection of songs I’ve made through the years, to have a bunch of names and features, that’s a mix tape to me.

An album is something you can play from beginning to end where the songs play seamlessly, like they marry each other.

It’s not fair of me to say I could be her because I just lost weight.

She had a baby and lost that weight so kudos to her!

AE: Oh my god, you actually called your fans and sang to them over the phone? You’ve done an incredible job of getting back into shape, are you going to be the next J-Hud?

MA: Yeah, I have over 60,000 followers online and people were tweeting me their real numbers, so I was like, the fact that these people sent me their real numbers and were like, “Just call me to say hello,” I was like, alright! It’s nice to have a direct line of communication back to people that really respect what you do. MA: You know what, I can’t be the next J-Hud because she had a whole baby!

English performer Marsha Ambrosius has fashioned a fine career for herself as a contemporary musical jack-of-all-trades.

As a writer, vocalist, and producer, she’s achieved success supporting legends (Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West), as part of a duo (alongside Natalie Stewart, as ‘00s neo-soul pair Floetry), and on her own.

Ambrosius’ stately, gracious vocal tone sounds a little like yet another one of her studio pals, Alicia Keys — she co-wrote the funky “Go Ahead,” from Keys’ 2007 record As I Am — but the arrangement on “Run” feels inspired by one of their shared musical ancestors: the layering of Ambrosius’ vocals in the song’s chorus is nearly Princely.