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Melanie Fiona: Drake Wrote ‘That Girl’ for ‘The MF Life’

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Fresh off snagging two Grammy nominations for her feature on Cee Lo Green‘s ‘Fool For You,’ a track off his ‘The Lady Killer’ LP, Melanie Fiona is still in shock. The singer-songwriter, who’s prepping the 2012 release of her sophomore effort, ‘The MF Life,’ was surprised at her nods in the Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance categories.

“It feels unreal because I had no idea!” Fionna tells The BoomBox during the Grammy Nomination concert held in Los Angeles Wednesday night (Nov. 30). The singer met Cee Lo during the 2010 Soul Train Music Awards before collaborating on ‘Fool for You.’ The track’s lyrics she admitted she wrote on her way to the studio session, but it all paid off. “I feel so amazing, just very blessed, very honored to be apart of another amazing collaboration and to be apart of a song as a writer as well, and performer,” she shares.

Her recent nominations brings her tally to four nods over the last two years, the first two of which were for her debut album, ‘The Bridge.’ While winning more trophies is an added bonus, the Toronto native is looking to capture interest of fans new and old with ‘The MF Life.’

Among the many collaborations on the album, including Nas, B.o.B. and John Legend, Fiona also tapped fellow Canadian Drake for his writing skills on the track ‘That Girl.’ “He’s an amazing songwriter and producer,” she admits.

Drake used his ability to speak from an emotional stance while penning the song, which came about while he was crafting his own sophomore LP, ‘Take Care.’ “In the midst of working on his album, he wrote a song specifically for me and my album,” she reveals. “It’s amazing because I love that it’s written by a guy from a woman’s perspective. It’s really, really cool. We all know he’s great for locking in on emotion, and I’m great for writing and singing about it, so I think it’s a really cool concept that I think is really going to empower women. ‘That Girl’ is a girl who’s done some foolish things for love, but never again.

‘The MF Life’ is slated for a February release.

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