Melanie Fiona
Canadian musician
Melanie Fiona
Melanie Fiona Hallim is a Canadian R&B recording artist. She was born and raised in Toronto. Fiona's debut album The Bridge was released in 2009, having collaborated with Future Cut, Vada Nobles, Stereotypes, J. Phoenix and Peter Wade Keusch. The debut single "Give It to Me Right" was sent to radio stations on February 28, 2009, and peaked at number 20 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and number 41 on the UK Singles Chart.
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The Long Beach Jazz Festival - An End of Summer Family Affair!
Huffington Post - 6 months
The Long Beach Jazz Festival is a Southern California summer staple known for serving up the best that So Cal Jazz has to offer. A world class affair for Neo Soul and Jazz lovers alike. The festival, in its 29th year, boasts an impressive legacy of ownership by a single Southern California family, currently passing on the torch to its next generation. Al Williams, the founder and patriarch of the Festival, is a drummer, entrepreneur and promoter of jazz who earned his reputation as a mover and a shaker. [According to his biography] Williams was born in Pasadena California and his love affair with music began at the age of eight when he began studying the clarinet. The festival came about when as a young drummer, he and a fellow musician marveled that there were no local festivals and launched out on the Queen Mary where the rest became history. "At that time the only two festivals in the United States were the Rhode Island Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival," says fo ...
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Melanie Fiona Addresses Police Brutality In New Video
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melanie Fiona is using the release of the video to her latest single, “I Tried,” to help forward the discussion about domestic violence and police brutality.  "It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art. As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so,” she said in a statement to Complex. “The video for ‘I Tried’ is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily.” Fiona is shown performing in a glass box with various news headlines --including those about the Charleston church shooting and questions surrounding Sandra Bland’s death -- interspersed throughout the video. “The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off,” Fiona added in the statement. “I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive chang ...
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Melanie Fiona Addresses Police Brutality In New Video
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Melanie Fiona is using the release of the video to her latest single, “I Tried,” to help forward the discussion about domestic violence and police brutality.  "It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art. As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so,” she said in a statement to Complex. “The video for ‘I Tried’ is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily.” Fiona is shown performing in a glass box with various news headlines --including those about the Charleston church shooting and questions surrounding Sandra Bland’s death -- interspersed throughout the video. “The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off,” Fiona added in the statement. “I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change.”  ...
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Raekwon Releases 'Soundboy Kill It'
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
"Sound Boy Kill It" is Raekwon's love letter to the Jamaican dancehall A snapping percussive beat propels the track while the Wu-Tang Clan mainstay details his club adventures with a hard-hitting but controlled style coated with his thick Staten Island accent R&B singer Melanie Fiona supplies the refrain saluting the...
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On the "A" w/Souleo: LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross Find Meaning in Film <i>Go For Sisters</i>
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When actresses LisaGay Hamilton and Yolonda Ross finished reading the script for two-time Oscar nominee John Sayles' new film, Go For Sisters, they immediately knew they wanted to be cast in it since they appreciated the script's sensitivity in dealing with issues of sisterhood and race. LisaGay Hamilton in "Go For Sisters" Credit: John Castillo "I like the fact that he didn't pit these two female characters against each other which sometimes comes up in many scripts -- women scratching at each other and all that stuff," Ross says. In the film Ross' character, Fontayne, has just been released from jail for drug violations and is reunited with her old friend and newly appointed parole officer, Bernice (Hamilton). When Bernice's son goes missing on the Mexican border she enlists the street savvy skills of Fontayne to help find her son. Against the backdrop of an ensuing cat-and-mouse game the film explores the universal human condition which made the script even more appealing t ...
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Exclusive: See Rita Ora, Emmy Rossum and More Stars Hit the Biggest Fashion Week Party
People Magazine - over 3 years
DKNY sure knows how to party! The legendary brand threw a 25th birthday bash on Monday night in New York City’s Financial District, and we’ve got the exclusive behind-the-scenes video. Tons of the New York Fashion Week stars attended the event, including Rita Ora, Emmy Rossum, Hailee Steinfeld, Karlie Kloss, Joan Smalls, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Terry Richardson and even Jared Leto. And there were lots of special live performances, too, by Ora, Iggy Azalea, A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg. And at the end of the night, Kloss and Smalls even presented a huge DKNY birthday cake in the shape of a taxi cab while Ora and Melanie Fiona sang HBD. In the words of Kloss: “DKNY’s 25th birthday … are you kidding me? It’s a milestone. I’m excited to be out here to celebrate.” And celebrate they did. Check out the video to see for yourself, as well as some choice Tweets and Instagrams about the soirée below, then let us know what you think! View th ...
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Viral Rap Covers: Blues LMFAO! A Capella Dr Dre! Acoustic Lil' Jon!
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Thanks to viral video culture anyone with a working webcam thinks they can make like they're Snoop Dogg in a coffeehouse. Most are not very good, but sometimes — like when Melanie Fiona sang Drake's much-covered "Started From The Bottom" in a harmonious show of hometown love — it all comes together. Yes, Fiona is a Grammy-winner, but the Internet doesn't really care if these covers are performed by professionals or amateurs, especially if an unexpected genre change reveals an added depth to the songwriting. The results just have to be cool enough or funny enough to pass on. So click the gallery below to watch 10 non-hip-hop covers of hip-hop songs that went viral, from a geeky-looking teen turning "Sexy And I Know It" into a brilliant blues jam to an all-white girl a capella group crooning "Bitches Ain't Shit":
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PHOTOS: The Week's Best Style Moments
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Here's a look at all the fashionable stars in this week's "Best Style Moments" roundup... Mariah Carey turned heads in a lace mini dress while attending the "American Idol" finalists party in Los Angeles Thursday night. Looks like she's been sticking to her Jenny Craig weight loss regimen or has on a might tight pair of Spanx. Either way, we think she looked fab. Ooo la la, Ciara! The singer stepped out in a stunning black Givenchy dress for the French design house's Fall 2013 presentation during Paris Fashion Week. Ciara's blunt cut blonde hair is the perfect contrast to the moody look. And we're thrilled she's learned that she can be just as sexy without showing too much skin. We've seen a bunch of celebrities rocking Marc Jacob's popular striped sequin pieces from his Resort 2013 collection (see: Alicia Keys and Sopia Coppola), but we think NeNe Leakes pulled it off the best. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "The New Normal" star stopped by "Watch What Ha ...
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55th Annual Grammy Awards Nominees!
US Magazine - about 4 years
The 55th Annual Grammy Awards have arrived. LL Cool J is hosting the show live at the Staples Center in L.A. on Sunday, Feb. 10.   Before the show kicks off, take a look back at this year's list of top nominees. Though 18-year-old pop phenom Justin Bieber was completely shut out when nominations were announced on Dec, many of his peers -- including Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepson, Kelly Clarkson, Frank Ocean and others -- fared much better. Check out the list of major nominees below and tell Us: Which artist do you want to see win? Album of the Year El Camino, The Black Keys Some Nights, fun. Babel, Mumford &amp; Sons Channel Orange, Frank Ocean Blunderbuss, Jack White PHOTOS: What all the stars wore at the 2012 Grammys Record of the Year "Lonely Boy," The Black Keys "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," Kelly Clarkson "We Are Young," fun. featuring Janelle Monáe "Somebody That I Used to Know," Gotye featuring Kimbra "Thinkin' Bout You," Frank Ocean&lt; "We Are Never Eve ...
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Man Candies: Melanie Fiona Flicks It Up With Larenz Tate And Omari Hardwick On Set For Her ‘Wrong Side Of A Love Song’ Video
Bossip - about 4 years
Melanie Fiona Teams Up With Larenz Tate &amp; Omari Harwick For New Video Roc Nation roster chick Melanie Fiona decided to get the goods for the video from her latest single ‘Wrong Side Of A Love Song.’ The soul singin’ R&amp;B songstress teamed up with veteran handsome Holyweirder Larenz Tate, who directed the video, and modern-day man-banger Omari Hardwick, who plays the leading male role. Peep a few more pics of Melanie on set with these fine azz fellas on the flip.
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Gregory Weinkauf: Let It Snow: The Grove in Los Angeles Rocks in the Holidays
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Every year it gets better, as L.A.'s Grove becomes the premiere destination for winter holiday fun. Brilliant pageantry warmed many a heart (an estimated 25,000) as the Grove launched the holiday season earlier this week. There was singing, dancing, philanthropy, fireworks, and Santa Claus looking rather darned happy to be welcomed by the gorgeous high-steppin' Top Hats. Terrific acts ranging from Colbie Caillat and Far East Movement to Michael Bolton with Melanie Fiona and a lively performance by Backstreet Boys charmed the massive, multi-culti crowd. And above it all -- literally -- it was snowing. Spectacular? Indeed! Thanks to the showmanship of Adam Williams, the huge, enthusiastic throng at the Grove (who already caught a pleasing winter-esque chill as temperatures dipped way down into the 50s) got to enjoy a rarity in L.A., to say the least: magic snow -- or, as Williams' ever-expanding company is aptly called: MagicSnow. Backstage, I spoke with Williams about hi ...
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Michelle Edgar: Music Unites Expands Programs to Los Angeles at the House of Rock
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Music Unites aims to empower young high school teens through music across our country. We started off over three years ago in New York City bringing students from across the five boroughs in a studio and formed the Young Audiences New York Music Unites Youth Choir. With the success of this sustainable program, Music Unites grew to inspire more students through educational outreaches with artists such as Jonathan Batiste, Jaicko, Melanie Fiona, Shontelle and Kate Nash. Through fundraising initiatives with partners such as Rolling Stone magazine, Music Unites was able to launch the Music Unites Youth Choir Campaign, creating five after-school choir programs across NYC's boroughs with the first in the Bronx at the Women's Academy of Excellence. In an effort to scale the charity's program and impact more students and schools that need the support, Music Unites expanded to Los Angeles with the House of Rock thanks to the support from Jen Vernon and Elaine Culotti, co-founders o ...
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Melanie Fiona Performs At Pepsi x Billboard Summer Beats Celebration
Crunktastical - over 4 years
Ask the bitter chicks on your Facebook wall, they’ll tell you. Melanie Fiona provides the perfect soundscape to lose yourself while stalking a former lover whenever she sings about coping with heartbreak. Now is not the time to throw Mashonda’s name in the pot, by the way. Last night, the Grammy-nominated singer was on hand to pay tribute to the late Michael Jackson in collaboration with Billboard and Pepsi at the Summer Beats Concert at New York City’s Gotham Hall. Inside, Ms. Fiona covers MJ’s classic “Dirty Diana” along with radio friendly tracks from her own discography. May I have this Tevin Campbell glide? She’s One Talented MF’er
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Melanie Fiona
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 32
    On March 17, 2016, Fiona announced that she and singer/songwriter Jared Cotter welcomed a son, Cameron Lincoln Cotter on March 14, 2016.
    More Details Hide Details Fiona is a dramatic soprano. Her voice has been referred to as being both "soulful" and "sassy." Some have her praised her vocals for being "very passionate, but clean and controlled, and not over-the-top singing." Hallim cites Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Sam Cooke, Sade, Amy Winehouse, India.Arie, Patsy Cline and Bob Marley as her musical influences. Furthermore she mentioned Brandy as major inspiration, naming her the only artist that had her starstruck next to Prince. She also cited Janet Jackson's career as inspirational, who she called an icon. She called Lauryn Hill's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill the album that changed her perspective, calling it an "amazing body of work". She attributes her parents for her vintage sound. Her father was a guitarist in a band, while her mother would sing around the house. She explained that "my parents were big music lovers and played soul music all the time", who would play The Supremes, The Ronettes and Cooke, as well as Caribbean music like soca, calypso and reggae.
    Her album Awake is set for 2016 release.
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  • 2015
    Age 31
    On May 12, 2015, she premiered a new song and lyric video "Bite the Bullet", set to appear on her new album (2016). "I feel like sometimes people know my songs but haven’t gotten the opportunity to know me" Hallim told the VIBE. "I want to make people feel good and I want people to feel that they are not alone, that this album and me as an artist represent a voice for people to feel like 'Yeah, that is the life we’re living and we’re living it together so let’s do our part to move forward positively, and do some really great things while we are alive here" she added.
    More Details Hide Details In September, she announced two more tracks for the album: "I Tried" – the first track written for the album, and "Killing Time" – written when she broke up with her boyfriend.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2013
    Age 29
    A newly independent artist, Fiona is currently working on her third album Awake. She released single "Cold Piece" in 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 28
    On January 2, 2012, she performed "O Canada" at the NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.
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    In 2012, Hallim won two Grammy Awards for Best Traditional R&B Performance and Best R&B Song for the song "Fool for You" with CeeLo Green.
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  • 2011
    Age 27
    Later on that year Fiona released her second single, "4 AM" was sent to urban stations on August 30, 2011. 4am peaked on the US R&B chart at #8, the song was about a lover who had gone out and was cheating on her.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on March 20, 2012.
    In 2011, Hallim began recording her second studio album.
    More Details Hide Details The lead single was titled "Gone and Never Coming Back." The single peaked at 37 on US R&B chart becoming her second highest peaking song on the R&B chart so far.
  • 2010
    Age 26
    She began touring with Alicia Keys as an opening act on The Freedom Tour in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album spawned six singles with one being "It Kills Me" which reached the top spot on US R&B chart. Melanie Fiona was also put on the top 100 charts for her song "it kills me" and "4am". 20
    Hallim participated in "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" to benefit after the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
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  • 2009
    Age 25
    Beyond Race Magazine ranked Hallim among "50 Emerging Artists" of 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Several singles were released from the album, including "It Kills Me", which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for 10 weeks and earned her a Grammy Award nomination at the 52nd Grammy Awards for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Other singles that were released were "Sad Songs" was released in April 2009 in the UK only as a digital download, with the reggae-tinged songs "Somebody Come Get Me" and "Island Boy" as B-sides. "Sad Songs" did not chart in the UK. "Give It to Me Right" was the first official single from The Bridge. The song peaked at #41 in the UK but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. It did, however, reach #57 on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and at #41. "Monday Morning" charted in Switzerland and Poland at number 1 and in Austria at number 5. It was released as the third U.S. single, however, "Bang Bang" was sent to radio as the second Canadian single for Canadian top 40 & hot AC play. Due to "Priceless" not being released in Canada, "Monday Morning" will serve as the fifth single in Canada due to hot adult contemporary radio station CKZZ-FM (Virgin Radio 953) in Vancouver having the song on its playlist. "Ay Yo" was released as the fourth official single from The Bridge, according to Hallim's website and Twitter. The music video premiered on April 12, 2010. "Priceless" will be the fifth U.S. single due to airplay on urban adult contemporary stations.
    She released her debut album, The Bridge, in June 2009, which has sold 248,000 copies in the United States.
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    Her debut single, "Give It to Me Right", was sent to radio stations on February 28, 2009, and peaked at number 20 on the Canadian Hot 100 chart and number 41 on the UK Singles Chart.
    More Details Hide Details The second single, "It Kills Me", became her breakout song on the Billboard Hot 100 where it entered the Top 50, along with topping the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The song earned Hallim a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The song "Monday Morning" is her biggest hit in Europe to date. The Bridge also earned her a NAACP Image Award nomination for Outstanding New Artist.
    Hallim's debut solo album The Bridge was released in 2009, having collaborated with Future Cut, Vada Nobles, Stereotypes, J. Phoenix and Peter Wade Keusch.
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  • 2007
    Age 23
    Entrepreneur Steve Rifkind discovered and signed Hallim to SRC Records and Universal Motown through Title 9 Productions in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details She went on to tour with Kanye West in his Glow in the Dark Tour Prior to completing her debut album, Hallim met with recording artist Jay-Z and his friend Tyty. She played them some of her music and was then signed to be managed by Roc Nation.
  • 2005
    Age 21
    She was also in a group called The Renaissance with rapper Drake. Early in her career, she would perform at nightclubs in Toronto. In 2005, Hallim traveled to Los Angeles, in search of a recording contract.
    More Details Hide Details According to Hallim, record labels "loved" the way she looked and sung, but she "knew that the minute I worked with them or would have signed with them, they would have tried to change me into someone else completely different. That was something that I didn't want to do." She went on to co-write songs for recording artists Rihanna and Kardinal Offishall, working with, amongst others, super producer Mike City. Hallim also recorded the reggae song "Somebody Come Get Me" under the stage name Syren Hall, which was included in the Reggae Gold 2008 compilation album.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2002
    Age 18
    Eska Music Awards Eska Music Awards is a major Polish awards ceremony for national and international music launched in 2002 by Radio Eska.
    More Details Hide Details Grammy Award A Grammy Award is an honor awarded by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry. Juno Award The Juno Award are presented annually to Canadian musical artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements in all aspects of music. NAACP Image Award An NAACP Image Award is an accolade presented by the American National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to honor outstanding person of color in film, television, music, and literature. Soul Train Music Awards The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national Broadcast syndication, and honors the best in Black music and entertainment.
    In 2002, Hallim was part of a girl group called X-Quisite alongside Nicole Holness and Nirvana Savoury. Signed to Warner Music (Canada), the group released their self-titled debut studio album X-Quisite in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details In 2004, during the Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of the US Grammies, the band was nominated as one of five finalists for "R&B/Soul Recording of the Year" for the album X-Quisite. The group had a number of singles from the album, notably "Bad Girl" and "No Regrets". The group disbanded in 2005.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1983
    Born
    Melanie Fiona Hallim was born on July 4, 1983, in Toronto, Canada.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter and second child of Guyanese immigrant parents, who immigrated to Canada in the late 1970s. Her parents are of African, Indian, and Portuguese descent. Her father was a janitor before working in finance, and her mother worked in banking. Hallim began writing songs at age 16. Living in a music-filled household, Hallim says she always knew music was her passion. Her father was a guitarist in a band and would allow her to sit on the stage when she was younger as he would play.
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