Melanie Fiona performs a string of her latest songs as part of Huffington Post’s Black Music Month series. The Grammy-winner also spoke on following in the footsteps of music icons including Whitney Houston, Sam Cooke, Bob Marley, Sade and Lauryn Hill.
“I think each one of those artists brings something very unique to their story and what their story is and what their passion is,” she explained. “And I think that you know it stems from great song writing and great voices really. I just think that that’s definitely what I’m inspired by. You know Sam Cooke and Whitney Houston I’d probably say are my two ultimate favorite favorites for voices. Bob Marley is just so…so powerful in showing that music can have a message and how that can effect and change the world. Sade; grace and class, beauty…you know, just amazing.”
“And then Lauryn Hill just for me, I just think that she’s so versatile,” Fiona asserted. “I just think that you know that’s something that I’m very much inspired by; to be able to do whatever I want to do. She gets acting, rapping, writing, singing, and you now to be able to be such a diverse artist is something that definitely inspires why I do what I do.”
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“Change The Record”
“Wrong Side of a Love Song”
“Can’t Say I Never Loved You”