"The MF Life (Deluxe Edition)" by Melanie Fiona on iTunes

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EDITORS’ NOTES

On The MF Life, Melanie Fiona advances into modern urban territory without forsaking the smoldering retro-soul of her debut release. The Canadian singer dips into a host of stylistic eras in these tracks, interpreting them with an admirable blend of artistic confidence and emotional vulnerability. The MF Life boasts production input by such A-list hitmakers as Rico Love and Salaam Remi and features guest vocal appearances by J. Cole, John Legend, T-Pain, and Nas. She tears into tunes like the hypnotic “This Time,” the dramatic “Break Down These Walls,” and the desperate “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” Her ferocious vocals on the erotically obsessive “Bones” and the conflicted “Running” are matched by the liberation she brings to uplifting tracks like “Change the Record” and “Watch Me Work.” On “4AM” and “6AM,” she applies her old-school R&B magic to smooth contemporary settings. Melanie Fiona keeps her performances real even when asserting her inner diva, making The MF Life a work of both impressive talent and deep, genuine feeling.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On The MF Life, Melanie Fiona advances into modern urban territory without forsaking the smoldering retro-soul of her debut release. The Canadian singer dips into a host of stylistic eras in these tracks, interpreting them with an admirable blend of artistic confidence and emotional vulnerability. The MF Life boasts production input by such A-list hitmakers as Rico Love and Salaam Remi and features guest vocal appearances by J. Cole, John Legend, T-Pain, and Nas. She tears into tunes like the hypnotic “This Time,” the dramatic “Break Down These Walls,” and the desperate “Wrong Side of a Love Song.” Her ferocious vocals on the erotically obsessive “Bones” and the conflicted “Running” are matched by the liberation she brings to uplifting tracks like “Change the Record” and “Watch Me Work.” On “4AM” and “6AM,” she applies her old-school R&B magic to smooth contemporary settings. Melanie Fiona keeps her performances real even when asserting her inner diva, making The MF Life a work of both impressive talent and deep, genuine feeling.

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Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5

1279 Ratings

Finally

derrick2011,

I could not wait until midnight so I could download this album but it got released early I'm so happy but great job on the album Mel it's only up from here!!

Brilliant masterpiece

simply.thought,

Nothing compares to a real artist singing sincerely. This album is better then I expected! 🎉👍

About Melanie Fiona

Offering a throwback sound to complement her rich voice, Melanie Fiona is a Grammy-winning R&B artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Born Melanie Hall, the singer grew up in inner-city Toronto to Guyanese parents. Fiona developed a passion for music at an early age, influenced by groups and artists such as the Ronettes and Whitney Houston. Though she has been active as a performer since 2002 -- she was a member of the groups X-Quisite and the Renaissance, the latter of which featured Drake -- her first recording didn't arrive until 2008. "Somebody Come Get Me," a reggae single issued under the alias Syren Hall on the Black Chiney label, was featured on the Reggae Gold 2008 compilation, and it helped her get signed to Universal Motown. The same year, she was an opening act on Kanye West's European tour, which was especially notable because she had yet to release an album.

In 2009, Fiona released her debut single, "Give It to Me Right," which sampled "Time of the Season" by the Zombies years before Miguel referred to it. Fiona's melismatic and dynamic vocal propelled the single to the Top 20 on the Canadian Hot 100, in addition to a placement on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart. Her debut album, The Bridge, was released in May 2009, and went Top Five R&B/Hip-Hop. Its greatest success was the follow-up to "Give It to Me Right," "It Kills Me," which topped the R&B chart and earned Fiona her first Grammy nomination. Subsequent collaborations included a featured role on John Legend and the Roots' update of "Wake Up Everybody" (which was nominated for a Grammy) and a co-written duet with Cee Lo Green, "Fool for You" (which was nominated for two Grammy Awards and won one of them). Fiona's second album, The MF Life, was released in March 2012. It debuted in the Top Ten of the Billboard 200, highlighted by the RIAA-certified gold single "4 AM," one of the era's best ballads. "Gone and Never Coming Back," another song of heartache, won a Juno Award. Her third album, Awake, was scheduled for 2015. ~ Matthew Chisling & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • BORN
    Jul 4, 1983

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