Steamy soul was the order of the night when Marsha Ambrosius and Melanie Fiona sold out the Theatre of Living Arts on a warm Monday night.
Ambrosius had the hometown advantage, as she acknowledged throughout her headlining performance.
"I'm not just a visitor. I have a mortgage here," said Ambrosius, who came to Philadelphia from Liverpool more than 10 years ago, first to find fame as a neo-soul superstar as the singing half of Floetry, then as a sought-after songwriter for the likes of Alicia Keys, Mario, and Michael Jackson.
From the moment she hit the stage, you sensed the audience's love and anticipation for this artist, whose debut solo disc, Late Nights & Early Mornings, finally came out last month. Outside of a few mix tapes and several duet appearances, Ambrosius hadn't released new music since the 2005 Floetry CD Flo'Ology.