Born & Raised:
Full name: Melanie Fiona Hallim.
Born: July 4, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Raised in Canada.
Melanie Fiona's parents immigrated to Canada from the South American country of Guyana in the late 1970s, a few years before she was born. She grew up in a musical household; he mother sang at home and her father was a professional guitarist. At around 16, Melanie began writing her own songs, and two years later, she became a member of an all-girl singing group called X-Quisite. Although the group didn't last, Melanie continued to perform, mostly in clubs in the Toronto area. In 2005, she traveled to Los Angeles in the hopes of being signed by a major record label.
While working on getting her own career off the ground in the mid-2000s, Melanie also went on to gain work as a songwriter, co-writing tracks for Rihanna and Kardinal Offishall, among others. In 2007, she was signed to Universal Motown subsidiary SRC Records. She also recorded a reggae song called "Somebody Come Get Me" under the stage name Syren Hall. The song was included on the 2008 Reggae Gold compilation.
Her debut album, The Bridge, was released in June 2009. The album spawned four singles in the U.S., the most successful of which, "It Kills Me," reached No. 1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and stayed there for 10 weeks. In her native Canada, the biggest hit from the album was the first single, "Give it to Me Right," which reached No. 20 on the Canadian charts. Her second album, The MF Life, was released in the summer of 2011.
2011: The MF Life.
2009: The Bridge.
"My parents were big music lovers and played soul music all the time. They loved the Supremes, the Ronettes and Sam Cooke, along with music from their West Indian heritage." Melanie Fiona to the New York Daily News, March 2010.