*Marsha Ambrosius has taken a bold step across controversial lines, though some may say they saw it coming.  If you don’t know by now, the former Floetry songstress is addressing suicide and gay bashing. Her friend, who attempted suicide, inspired the her project, “Late Nights & Early Mornings.”

“I lost a friend and I’ve had friends that have attempted suicide,” Ambrosius tells The AP. “There are people that don’t have a voice to speak out and show what is happening and what can happen, so I just wanted people to see the honesty in it and be aware.”

A recent music video captures a male friend of the singer’s who is assaulted and mistreated after being seen kissing another man. It ends with the man lying on the couch with a suicide note and pills scattered about.

“Because they’re in such a bad place in their lives, there’s nothing you can do to help someone if they can’t help themselves,” she said, keeping in mind her large gay audience. “I go to my shows and my audience is predominantly gay … I’ve been approached by many who’ve said my music has influenced them and we’ll speak about experiences that they’ve had. It’s just only right that I give that voice back.”

She added, “”I think many musicians separate themselves from what they’re actually going through in real life for fear of being judged for, you know, what their political views are (and) what they feel personally about things that are going on in the real world,” she said. “Music for me is personal and that’s the only way I know how to approach it.”