Natalie ‘THE FLOACIST’ Stewart
“Her wordplay is smart, seductive and seeped in earnest opinions on life. Her style is versatile and inviting. She has songs for active romantics, songs that encourage, and songs to make love to. She compliments her sultry delivery with guest vocalists Lalah Hathaway, Musiq Soulchild and Raheem Devaughn who bring fresh perspectives with their own unique styles.” -Okayplayer
Born in Germany to Jamaican born and British raised parents, Natalie ‘The Floacist’ Stewart is a natural. The trained actress and slam champion poet, she made her stage debut at age three. As a graduate of Richard Branson’s BRIT Performing Arts and Technology College where she earned the title of ‘Student of The Year.’ The Floacist later went on to invite her long time friend Marsha Ambrosius to perform at a poetry event that Natalie was headlining along side her renowned performance poetry group ‘3 Plus 1.’ That night, Floetry was born. As the creative mastermind of Floetry, The Floacist acted as manager and PR agent. She then managed to take her blossoming artistic venture from South London to Philadelphia and ultimately, to the World. So, after five years of non-stop, sold out, touring and selling well over 1 million copies of three released albums and a live album DVD, Floetry moved on to solo ventures.
The Graduation: Floetic Soul
The Floacist’s solo debut offering, Floetic Soul, was released November 9, 2010. “Floetic Soul was inspired by the understanding that my original Floetic concept of `Poetic Delivery with Musical Intent’ had not come to an end, even though my group, Floetry had completed it’s cycle. Joining forces with the mesmerizing wordsmith, is a stellar line up of guests including soul crooners Musiq Soulchild and Raheem DeVaughn. As well as the God-Daughter of Soul, Lalah Hathaway. With production by the likes of JR Hudson (Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild) and Chris ‘Big Dog’ Davis (George Clinton, Kim Burrell, Will Downing).
The Evolution: Floetry Re:Birth
On November 13, 2012, The Floacist celebrated the ten year anniversary since her creative vision took flight with the release of her new and sophomore recording, Floetry Re:Birth. “These past ten years have been one of self-love and independence. Floetry Re:Birth explores that journey,” shares the London based artist. The Floacist is joined for the first time on recording by the lovely gold-selling South African singer Thandiswa, from the popular and celebrated South African unit Bongo Maffin.
“My vision and dream for this project is for people to pick up the album, learn the words, and then come to the show so that we can connect in the divine energy and vibration of music! I love the road. I look forward to hearing my music grow as I tour.”