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Marsha Ambrosius “let go of any baggage” while recording her new album, NYLA


Dez BillupsMarriage and motherhood have brought joy to Marsha Ambrosius, so she was determined to make sure her new album NYLA conveyed her newfound happiness.

The nine-time Grammy nominee named her album after her daughter, Nyla, and it was also inspired by her love for her husband, Dez Billups.

“The overall theme to the album is really the journey that it took to get to where I am,” Ambrosius tells ABC Radio.

“I wrote about 50 percent of it prior to even meeting [the man] who is now my husband and having Nyla, and it was really the journey that it took to get to that place, to create that union, to be in love and three years of being together…almost,” she adds.  “It’s still the honeymoon phase for us.”

Ambrosius says the plan for her new music was to move on from any problems in her past.

“’Let me let go of anything that I felt was a negative vibe,’” she says. “Just wanted to keep everything positive and push forward and let go of any baggage that I felt was holding me down. So in doing so, it created a much more open space for me to create freely.” (AUDIO IS ABC 1-ON-1)

NYLA is the third studio album for the former Floetry member, and is being released four years after her previous album, 2014’s Friends & Lovers.

One day before releasing NYLA, the singer from Liverpool, England will begin her opening slot on Maxwell’s 50 Intimate Nights tour on September 27 in Richmond, Virginia. The tour will continue through December 9, wrapping up in New York City.

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