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Melanie Fiona's musical "limbo" not a bad place to be

of the Oakland Press

Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011

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Melanie Fiona finds herself in a kind of “musical career limbo” these days.

She’s still touring in support of her 2009 debut album, “The Bridge,” which spawned the hits “It Kills Me” and “Give It to Me Right.” But she’s also finishing work on it successor, “The MF Life,” which is due out this summer and is already causing a buzz via Fiona’s new single, “Gone and Never Coming Back.”

“It’s a very interesting place to be in,” explains the 27-year-old Toronto native. “You’re kind of transitioning out of one album and into another. You still have work to do on your first album, and then you have a lot of work to do to gear up for your second album.

“The balancing is tough. If I could, I would just perform all the new songs as well as all the old songs, just because I want people to see the growth in the songs and in me as a performer between the two albums. But I can’t do that just yet.”

Fiona is, however, previewing some of the material from “The MF Life.” Besides “Gone and Never Coming Back,” she’s also giving audiences an earful of “Change the Record” and “Rock Paper Scissors,” while she may work others into the set over time. Mostly she hopes the new songs will stoke anticipation for “The MF Life” and assure people she has more to offer than they heard on “The Bridge.”

“It’s tough when you hear people saying, ‘Well, she’s probably just a one-hit wonder,’ ” Fiona acknowledges. “The longer you take to come back, the more you hear that, and you want to stand up with a megaphone and say, ‘I’m not dead! I’m coming back!’

“But I feel a lot stronger. I’ve been doing some great writing, and I do feel my fans are loyal and genuine and they’re definitely in it for the music. I feel like as long as I stick to the motto of making good music, I’m sure I’ll have some faithful followers.”

Melanie Fiona, Marsha Ambrosius and Hal Linton perform on the “BET Music Matters II” tour Friday, April 1, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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