Less than two months after winning a pair of Grammy Awards, Toronto-born rhythm and blues recording artist, Melanie Fiona, has captured her first Juno.
She won the R & B Soul Recording of the Year Award for the lead single – Gone and Never Coming Back – on her second studio album which was released last year. Written by frequent collaborator, Andrea Martin, the single finds Fiona picking up where she left off on It Kills Me, the Grammy-nominated hit single from her critically acclaimed 2009 debut CD, The Bridge.
The single peaked at number 37 on the U.S. R&B chart becoming her second highest peaking song on the R & B chart.
Co-managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation imprint, Fiona captured two Grammys for her sensual Fool for You with Cee-Lo Green. She was the only Canadian Grammy Award winner this year.
Fiona, whose parents are Guyanese-born, was raised in the Jane & Finch neighbourhood. The talented vocalist toured with singer-songwriter, Alicia Keys, as an opening act on Keys’ 50-city Freedom tour which ended in July 2010.
The Junos are presented annually to Canadian artists and bands to acknowledge their artistic and technical achievements.
Drake, who was nominated in six categories last year, won the Rap Recording of the Year Award for Take Care while 31-year-old Jamaican-born Exco Levi secured the Reggae Recording of the Year Award for his hit song, Bleaching Shop, the Song of the Year Award winner at last year’s Canadian Reggae Music Awards.
By RON FANFAIR