Che had the opportunity to interview Melanie Fiona as part of his Art Is Power series on Huffington Post, a column where Che asks artists to succinctly define the power of art.
Some people really deserve to make it. Not just because they’re blessed with extraordinary talent, but also because their talent is matched by dignity, strength, humility and hustle (aka hard work)… because they’ve shed blood and tears going after it, but we never see them sweat.
Melanie Fiona got the music bug and her work ethic from her folks: hardworking, intelligent Guyanese immigrants who worked and played hard, and filled her life with the sound of music. Music lovers (her dad was in a band), they exposed her to soul, soca, jazz, you name it and by junior high she knew this was what she wanted and she went straight after it. She has gone on to be co-managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation, recording two albums, has won two Grammys, a Soul Train, and a Juno, plus a whole slew of nominations, and is signed to a major label. How do you manage to pull that off and make it look effortless?
You can read the rest of this interview with Melanie Fiona on Huffington Post.