Candid Covers: Melanie Fiona Sings Alanis Morissette
"'Ironic' by Alanis Morissette is just a great song that just really cut through in pop culture when I was a kid," Melanie Fiona said of the song she performed at her Billboard Candid Covers session. "That was a special song for me back then because it really made me pay attention to the art of storytelling." Watch below as the R&B singer sings the 1996 song that helped change the big picture in her musical journey.
No matter what type of music you listened to, no matter where you grew up, you knew Morissette's "Ironic," Fiona said. "[It] is just a great song that just really cut through in pop culture when I was a kid." Now that she's an artist herself, Fiona covers "Ironic" at shows across the world, "and people love it. It's just that part of the show where you just feel everybody has been there," she told Billboard.
Fiona's own second studio album, "The MF Life," hit shelves March 20. "I think the second time around is always a little bit better because you know more," she laughed.
"You've kind of fumbled and made your mistakes and have learned a lot from the first time out. So, I feel a lot stronger and definitely smarter when it comes to the way I approach my music and the way I want to see my music grow and live and be successful."
This time around, Fiona explained, she wants to show the world her versatility -- not only does she sing, but she also worked to write and produce the 13-song set.
"I've wanted people to know who Melanie Fiona was off of this album," she said. "I think 'The Bridge' was my introduction to the world, and 'The MF Life' is the Melanie Fiona life. It is the magnificent fantastic, music for life, mighty full, mo-fo life. It's a great representation of who I am right now."
The album's fourth single, "Wrong Side of a Love Song," is the second to be released since the record's March debut. It follows "Gone and Never Coming Back," "4 A.M." and "This Time," which features J. Cole. Watch below as Fiona performs an acoustic version of her latest single.
Later this month, Fiona is headed out on a short U.S. tour with Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo. "It's quite an honor and quite the perfect opportunity for me with having this new album and get in front of Mary's fans and to be sharing a stage with such a legend in music and R&B," Fiona mused. "And then, I got the news that D'Angelo got added, and it was the icing on the cake. Perfect."