Melanie Fiona is a Canadian R&B singer-songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She was born to Guyanese immigrant parents and grew up in the inner city of Toronto. Living in a music filled household, Fiona says she always knew music was her passion. Her father was a guitarist in a band and would allow her to sit on the stage when she was younger as he practiced, and remembers her mother playing music at home; everything from The Ronettes to Whitney Houston.
Fiona was featured on Reggae Gold 2008 with the Supa Dups-produced "Somebody Come Get Me". Her debut album The Bridge was released in the summer of 2009. She worked on the album with Future Cut, Vada Nobles, Stereotypes, J. Phoenix, Peter Wade and Salaam Remi. The debut single "Give It to Me Right" was released to radio stations on February 28, 2009, and peaked at #20 on Billboard's Canadian Hot 100 and #41 on the UK Singles Chart. The second single, "It Kills Me", charted on the Billboard Hot 100. The song earned Fiona a Grammy Award nomination for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.
Fiona opened for Kanye West during his European tour in 2008, notable since she hadn't released an album at the time.