The fiercely talented Melanie Fiona is just days away from launching her sophomore album, The MF Life. It’s a collection of songs that Melanie revealed can stand for any variety of things but most definitely should be personal to each listener. “I came up with the album title before I even finished the album because The MF Life is a mentality for life. And I always tag it with live your MF Life, whatever MF Life means to you.” The album is in fact so personal in tone and universal in theme it holds the promise of being a crossover success and most definitely solidifies Melanie as an unrivaled class act in the industry.
The album will be available at all digital retail outlets Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in both an original and deluxe edition and includes features from top hip hop artists like Nas, B.o.B, J Cole and R&B royalty John Legend. It is a raw and emotional album that Fionoa calls, “It’s aggressive, the album, it’s strong. It goes very deep and it’s got a lot of attitude in many different realms.” she explains, “When I started making this album and I continued and finished it, it really became about the ups and downs of love. For me, that is a huge part of life so I think it’s a fundamental for everything we go through in our emotions.”
Opening track, “This Time” features J Cole and sets a strong tempo for the impassioned album. Melanie sings about the hope and joy found with a new beginning in love. But in quick contrast the second track “4 AM” illuminates the pain and frustration of being in love with someone who blatantly and consistently strays. Melanie readily admited to me, “I do sing about love a lot, I sing about relationships and when you hear the songs there are so many different layers to the sides of love.” Continuing, “You’ve got ‘Change The Record’ which is the empowerment side of living in love, changing your scenario and being stronger for that, to social awareness and social love in ‘L.O.V.E.’ featuring John Legend which is about the consciousness of being responsible for each other as people.”
But when it comes to a track that defines the The MF Life Fiona eagerly reveals, “I would say ‘Wrong Side of a Love Song’ is kind of a defining track for me. It’s a very, very personal record, very personal song and story. I think it is my best representation of my growth as an artist from being able to better to express my emotions vocally and lyrically because I solely wrote the song.” She disclosed, “I went in the booth and I basically just free-styled what you hear down. And the vocal package you hear on this track is about 85% the reference track and then I went back and filled in the lines and melodies that were incomplete.” Concluding, “I feel very proud of that record. And I do think that it is a defining moment for me, whatever should happen personally and professionally.”
Much like Adele’s 21, The MF Life will take you on an emotional journey of the soul, providing quality musical therapy. The goal for the album Melanie confirmed, was to produce just such a strong and complete body of work. “Fortunately the team that I have, we are so focused on a body of work, not just singles. It’s a body of work that you can press play and listen all the way down and respect what was created. Whether it was only one song you bought the album for or not, you’re going to find that it’s really good all the way through.” Summarizing Fiona concludes, “The first album was really just paying homage and respect to retro soul and the artists who influenced me and this one is definitely more who is Melanie Fiona and where is she at now. It’s become a real amazing journey for me and that’s really what inspired me when you hear the songs on this album.”