Melanie Fiona Biography
Melanie Fiona Hallim , known professionally as Melanie Fiona, is a Canadian R&B recording artist with Guyanese background. She was born and raised in Toronto. She started her career in 2002 as part of a Canadian musical girl band trio X-Quisite that was nominated for “R&B/Soul Recording of the Year” for the band’s album X-Quisite. She went on to be part of The Renaissance , and under the name Syren Hall, recorded some reggae songs. Melanie Fiona Hallim was born on July 4, 1983, in Toronto, Canada. 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.
Melanie Fiona Career
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. 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. 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.
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. 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.
Entrepreneur Steve Rifkind discovered and signed Hallim to SRC Records and Universal Motown through Title 9 Productions in 2007. She went on to tour with Kanye West in his Glow in the Dark TourPrior 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. She released her debut album, The Bridge, in June 2009, which has sold 248,000 copies in the United States. Beyond Race Magazine ranked Hallim among “50 Emerging Artists” of 2009. 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 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. Due to “Priceless” not being released in Canada, “Monday Morning” will be released to Canadian stations as the fifth single, even though “Monday Morning” appeared as the third American single.
Hallim participated in “We Are the World 25 for Haiti” to benefit after the 2010 Haiti earthquake. She began touring with Alicia Keys as an opening act on The Freedom Tour in 2010. 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”
In 2011, Hallim began recording her second studio album. 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. 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. The album was released on March 20, 2012. 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.
A newly independent artist, Fiona is currently working on her third album Awake. She released single “Cold Piece” in 2013. 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. 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. Her album Awake is set for 2016 release.
Melanie Fiona Personal life
On March 17, 2016, Fiona announced that she and singer/songwriter Jared Cotter welcomed a son, Cameron Lincoln Cotter on March 14, 2016.
Melanie Fiona Awards
- 2010 Melanie Fiona Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
- 2010 Melanie Fiona Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist
- 2010 Melanie Fiona Outstanding New Artist Nominated
- 2012 Ceelo Green & Melanie Fiona Outstanding Duo or Group
- “Fool For You” (with CeeLo Green) Outstanding Song
- 2010 “It Kills Me” Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated2010 “It Kills Me” Best Female R&B Vocal Performance Nominated
- 2011 “Wake Up Everybody” (with Common, John Legend & The Roots) Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
- 2012 “Fool for You” (with CeeLo Green) Best Traditional R&B Performance Won Best R&B Song Won
- 2013 “Wrong Side Of A Love Song” Best Traditional R&B Performance
Melanie Fiona Songs
- Break Down These Walls
- Change The Record
- Give It To Me Right
- Gone and Never Coming Back
- I Been That Girl
- It Kills Me
- This Time
- Wrong Side of a Love Song
Melanie Fiona Video
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- 45 Things a Girl Wants But Wont Ask For
- 10 Things You’re Doing that are Killing Your Kidneys – Avoid Them
- 25 Really Romantic Ideas to Make Your Lover Melt!
- 60 Really Sweet Things To Say To A Girl
- 19 Things Women in Relationships Must Not Do; Men Hate Them
- 20 Things Women Should Never, Ever, Do