Hailing from Toronto, Melanie Fiona is a 28-year-old feisty, long-haired beauty who has turned her real-life experiences into relatable lyrics.
As her sophomore album, MF Life is set to drop next month, we caught up with Melanie to discuss embarrassing on stage moments, ranking herself amongst today's R&B divas and what it's like coming out of the same city as Drake.
Check out part two of our exclusive below!
You get a lot of attention for your music, but not for random gossip. How do you manage to keep your private life private?
It’s a decision, it’s a choice. I made the choice coming into the music industry that it was music before anything else. In doing that, you have to set the boundaries for yourself, or people will cross the line all the time. You set the boundary, you keep your personal life private and whenever people see me and interview me, it’s always about the music and that’s where I keep it. I maintain my control and I don’t lose my control of the situation because it is easy. Sadly, in my opinion, people are interested in 20 percent of the music, and 80 percent of everything else. That’s just not why I got into this. It’s always about the music.
Do you ever think about your competition, or is it just about making great music?
In this industry there is always a sense of competition because the industry will do that to you. The industry will put you up against people that you love and grew up admiring. That’s life and it’s going to happen. It’s just about being the best I can be. If I’m trying to out do someone else than that means I have to do something of what they do. That’s just not my focus. My focus is doing the best me so that nobody could compare it to anything else. I came, I did what I had to do and people respect me and like me for it.
How do you rank yourself among singers?
I don’t really think of myself like that. The one thing that I do know outside of everything else is that I believe I can sing and that my integrity is good. I feel like I would win that category as an artist. I like that category.