It’s evident in the way the Canada-born Guyanese siren is busting in and out of song during her VIBE Vixen cover shoot, hitting notes seldom heard in Washington Heights’ cozy, antique APT 78. It’s fitting. There’s much to be celebrated these days. Following two Grammy wins–Best Traditional R&B performance and Best R&B Song for Cee-Lo collab “Fool For You”–the often underrated songbird has reached a new plateau in music, reinforcing the longevity of career artists.
Melanie’s ’09 debut The Bridge (inspired by a rocky relationship with an on-again, off-again ex) was the formal introduction of what would become her bluesy, soulful signature: melodic tales of heartbreak and fleeting love. Her songwriting is braided with sad truths and balanced by glimmers of fulfilling romance, something the broken-hearted girl believes exists but is not in a rush to find. “I’m on a Mel-cation,” she laughs, “I am, like, all about me right now.”
She has to be.
Sitting on the receiving end of this Vixen interviewing, the soulful soprano candidly discusses finding confidence, her lowest moments and why a specific purple heart is on her mind.–Niki McGloster