Soulful songstress Melanie Fiona has a lot to be proud of. In the past two years, the Canadian singer not only released her debut album The Bridge under Universal Motown, but was also nominated for a Grammy for her single “It Kills Me.” Since then, she has toured with megastar Alicia Keys as the opening act on The Freedom Tour, performed the Canadian national anthem at the NBA 2011 All-Star game this past February, and most recently, joined the 2011 BET Music Matters Tour alongside Marsha Ambrosius.
With all her accomplishments, Fiona continues to remain humble, letting her struggles lead her through her career path.
“I chase for the cause. I chase for what it is, for the struggle, for that respect. You know what I mean? In my song “Ayo” I say it in the second verse, I don’t do this for the glory or for what people might say; I do this my own way, you know? It’s about respect,” Fiona tells Singersroom exclusively. “If I had 100 fans who just loved what I did and were dedicated to my entire career and I could live off of that, that would make me happier than having like a million fair-weather fans that don’t respect what I’m doing. And having the respect of the people I respect in the industry, that’s what’s most important to me. So yeah, it’s for the cause, for the respect.”
This feeling of respect not only reverberates through Fiona’s music but in also injects into her personal life and how she sees herself.
“I see the goofiest person you could ever know. Like I see the girl who doesn’t try to take anything too seriously. I see the girl who thinks she has fat cheeks, and I feel like one of my eyes is lazier than the other. And like geez, I wish my skin was better,” She tells Singersroom. “When people see me, they’re like “you look so fresh all the time!” and I’m like “yeah but I feel like crap most of the time” because I’m tired, but that’s life. [Laughs] Everybody has those days. That’s just the way it is, and that’s okay. That’s really okay. I’m just fine with that. I’m human. If you take a picture of me with no makeup, guess what? I don’t sleep in makeup, I don’t wear makeup all the time; I’m a human at the end of the day.”
Currently, Ms. Fiona has been working on her sophomore effort, The MF Life, and has been performing songs off of it on the BET Music Matters Tour. The lead single off the project is “Gone and Never Coming Back” and is currently available on iTunes. The album is said to be slated for a summer release, possibly July.
Check out Melanie Fiona and 24 of her other peers in Singersroom’s 2011 NextDiva Poll.