Friday, August 28, 2009


by Cleo Brown

Melanie Fiona, whose given name at birth was Melanie Hall, is a talented singer and a songwriter from Toronto, Canada whose classic sound can be compared to performers such as Mary J. Blige, Tina Turner, Natalie Cole, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday. Singing Rhythm and Blues, Reggae, and Hip-Hop, her first single and album will be released in 2009.

The single entitled “Give it to me right” has preceded the album being released to radio stations on February 28th, 2009. “Give it to me right” peaked to number 39 on Billboard’s Canadian Hot 100. The album called, The Bridge, is scheduled for release on September 22nd, 2009. The Bridge is named after the bridge which Melanie Fiona could see from her bedroom window growing up in Toronto, Canada.

Melanie Fiona was born to Guyanese parents who immigrated to Canada. She, consequently, grew up in the inner-cities of Toronto. Her father, who heavily influenced her along with her mother and her aunt, was a guitarist in a band. According to Wikipedia her father “would allow her to sit on the stage” when she was younger as he practiced. Melanie has been influenced by music since she was a little girl. She appreciates music because it has a universal message and because of its transcendence of the races. Growing up amongst her musically inclined family, she was influenced also by the sounds of Sam Cook, Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, Diana Ross, Roberta Flack, and Michael Jackson. Her role model is Beyonce.

In addition to admiring Beyonce, she toured with Kanye West in Europe in 2008 where, inspite of having released no single yet, she opened for him. Melanie Fiona says that she learned quite a lot from Kanye West. The first song which Melanie Fiona ever sang out loud in public was Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.” And, being a devoted Michael Jackson fan, she admits to knowing all of the words to his songs on the album entitled Off the Wall which she use to sing frequently.

Her official music video, which was recorded to promote her new single “Give it to me right” was produced and directed by Anthony Mandler. Melanie, herself, has recorded on the SRC and Universal Motown Labels. Melanie performs both solo and with back-up singers to accompany her. Most recently, on August 25th, 2009 Melanie Fiona appeared at SOB’s in New York City located at 204 Varick Street. Not only is her sound classic, and her style unique but she is also a very pretty woman who is pleasing to look at. She travels frequently touring Europe, The United States, and Canada. If you get the chance to see her or listen to her music don’t miss the opportunity.

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