Natalie “The Floacist” Stewart has largely been missing in action the last couple of years, and that’s been by design. Stewart, who founded the hit-making, neo-soul group Floetry, is back on the scene with a debut solo project called Floetic Soul, which will hit stores Nov.9.

The seven-time Grammy nominated Stewart has been kicking it with her family and trying to live a normal life. After getting married and being in seclusion, Stewart’s creative juices got going and now the “The Floacist” is bringing her engaging sound back to audiences with the new CD and single, “Forever,” which she recorded with fellow soul artist Musiq Soulchild.

The AFRO caught up and with the Floacist recently and got the scoop of what she’s been up to.

AFRO: What have you been up to the last couple of years since Floetry ended its run?

The Floacist: “I’ve been living. I’m very proud to say that I have a life, a very rich and full, beautiful life that is actually even bigger than my career. After years of touring with my group Floetry, I’ve been with my family, being at home. Creatively…I’m a poet. I’m always writing. I’ve been investigating my solo expression. This year has been a year in which I have been re-engaging with the music industry. Being the poet that I am I was still performing, not performing but sharing energy.”

AFRO: What kind of creative energy did you get from spending time with your family?

The Floacist: “It gave me everything. As an artist you forget that you’re supposed to be living in order to have something to share that is relative to the people who are living and collecting and enjoying your art. My family has given me everything. My husband, my son, in terms of energy, in terms of alignment, in terms of having real experiences that turn into things that you may want to say or share beyond yourself…they mean absolutely everything.”

AFRO: Would you consider your new CD, “Floetic Soul” as some sort of a comeback or a re-introduction of your poetry and music infusion to your fans and to the world?

The Floacist: “It’s more of a debut than a comeback because I’ve never done solo music before. It’s been 10 years after my first album went out. I’ve never done this before, so it actually feels more of a debut, which is magical. I am really enjoying that feeling.”

AFRO: What is Floetic Soul?

The Floacist: “I came up with this thing called Floetry, and I came up with the concept of poetic delivery with musical intent. Floetic Soul is spoken word or a performance making music. The concept travels love and love.”

AFRO: What inspired “Forever,” the first single off the new CD?

The Floacist: “Love. I love love, even when it takes you down journeys that people don’t understand. I love it. It help you to grow, it nurtures. That song…the past four years of my life has really been transformational. The constant through my transformation, has been my husband. This song is about companionship and the strength that the foundation of companionship really offers. This is really a testimony to love.”

For more information about The Floacist and her new project, visit myspace.com/thefloacist.

Dennis J. Freeman

Special to the AFRO