Melanie Fiona Built An International Brand House On A Guyanese Foundation

You know the type of song you play on repeat in the car, at full blast, singing at
the top of your lungs with the windows down? That’s the type of songs this 2-
time Grammy winner sings – Melanie Fiona is a soul-full songstress from Toronto,
this daughter of Guyanese immigrant parents makes your heart full. Either
because you have lived her pain, or her performance makes you totally get where
she is coming from. “Somebody come get me”, says it all. With the catchy reggae
beat, Fiona aka Syren Hall conjures up the deep two-sided coin that is love.
Growing up in Canada to 2 music loving West Indian parents, provided Fiona with
the best of both worlds. Of all the genres and sounds that Fiona could be boxed
into, she mixes new school hip-hop and R&B with old school soul, tinges of reggae
flavor and a lot of emotion. “West Indian cultural mentality and a North American
life equals the perfect balance,” says Fiona.

“My dad used to play guitar in a band and my mom was always listening to big
vocalists. That trickled down into my love for music and my open mentality,” says
Fiona. “My parents leaving a third world country to a first world country and
building from nothing — that’s really inspiring to me and it’s influenced me in a
positive way.”

In true West Indian style, the double-entendre of her album titled ‘MF’ represents
her initials, or it can be viewed as the ‘Mighty Fine Life’ in times of triumph and
success, but also the ‘Mother-F-ing Life’ when navigating the hills and valleys of
life and love. Celebrate both, Fiona says. And we totally agree, sing that ting girl,


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