If 2011 had a signature soul sister, it was Marsha Ambrosius.
The Philadelphia (by way of Liverpool) singer, songwriter, and one-time member of the rap-and-R&B outfit Floetry released her solo debut, Late Nights & Early Mornings, in March 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Charts, No. 2 on the Top 200 Album Chart, each live show was more silken and passionate than the last, and Ambrosius far outran the typecasting of neo-soul that Floetry brought.
Like Phyllis Hyman without the tragic torchiness, Ambrosius' voice and lyrics spoke cattily of wronged romance and haughtily of sour times with jazzy aplomb and salty tenderness. Her (then) record label folded into its parent company (RCA), so it's taken a minute for new material, but, she appeared on the soundtrack to 2013's hit flick The Best Man Holiday and sold out the TLA on Wednesday for her Friends & Lovers show, named for her forthcoming album.