In New York City, especially during the summer months, there are street performers at nearly every major crossroad. If you live in New York, you may have walked past Universal artist Melanie Fiona, singing for the love and spare change, and not even realized it. [Okay, maybe not for the change.] With her debut album The Bridge reset for November 10, Melanie Fiona got the idea to have a few talented street musicians interpret instrumentals of her songs as she laid on the vocals for some pre-album goodness. Take a listen..more..
You’ve seen Melanie Fiona at a few events; heard her single. Inquisitive minds might ask, what’s up with the album? Melanie Fiona’s debut silvery disc/download The Bridge is slated for release on Sept. 22. Last year, while on tour with Kanye West, Melanie Fiona was introduced to Questlove. She let him know that if she ever made a mixtape as a teaser/taster for her album, she wanted him to be the wizard behind the mixing board. Questlove said, “fa sho.” Of course, Questlove’s specialty is live music. So he invited Melanie Fiona into his new spot at NBC studios to record live versions of some well known songs, new and old. Think Sam Cooke’s “Cupid.” Think Kanye West’s “Heartless,” minus the Antares audio.more..
The Essence music festival was in New Orleans this weekend. On July 4th, a few folks headed over to the newest Carol’s Daughter Pop Up store on Conti street in the French Quarter. That’s Lisa Price up top. If you didn’t know, didn’t guess, she’s the founder of Carol’s Daughter. I had her autobiography “Success Never Smelled So Sweet” in my hands last week, but there are only so many words I can read per day: mentally bookmarked it for a later date.more..
A couple of weeks ago — in the name of new faces/new spaces — I posted a story about Melanie Fiona and Shontelle hanging out with Jadakiss at a bowling event. If you dug into it, you know that Melanie Fiona is being managed by the good folks at Jay-Z’s Roc-Nation. Her album doesn’t have a release date yet, but the video for her first single “Give it To Me Right” is → ready to go.more..