Sat04192014

Entertainment

Marsha Ambrosius hitting the high notes with ease

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Marsha Ambrosius – formerly of Floetry – has been a consistent figure at the top of the charts since she went solo. As the opening act for Maxwell (July 3), she stepped right into a warm welcome at the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss.

The image? Stilettos and a black short-set suit, with her natural hair pinned up in a bun unlike her normal over-the-top big hair frizzy look.

In full control of her falsetto skills, she crooned hits from her latest album, "Late Nights and Early Mornings." Halfway through her 45-minute live-band set, Ambrosis belted out high notes from her chart busters, the "Late Nights & Early Mornings" title track, "Say Yes" and "Hope She Cheats on You (With A Basketball Player," which drew cheers from a mostly-female audience.

She calmed the crowd with soprano pitches that brought to mind Mariah Carey – an often-made comparison. She ended the show with, "Far Away," by far her biggest hit.

No matter whether she is stacked in heels or sporting tennis shoes and a baseball cap, Ambrosius continues to build on her fan base. Count Maxwell among them. Closing his show, he complimented Ambrosius, adding that he loved her British accent and that she sounded so smart!