Produced by Statik Selektah (worked alongside Nas and Wiz Khalifa), "Listen" is embodied with emotion and perfectly encompasses a 90's hip-hop and R&B sound. Since 2013, Durrant has received three JUNO Award nominations. In 2013, "Made For Love" was nominated for Reggae Single of the Year, in 2014 her second single "Gone" was nominated for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, and in 2015 Durrant picked up another nod in the R&B/Soul category with her single "Four Seasons.''
"Listen" is the first single off Melanie's upcoming album, Where I'm At, slated for release this May. The R&B track embodies raw emotions, and the lyrical styling tells the story of toxic relationships and how emotional abuse is more common than we think. Melanie wants to use this single to raise awareness to the toxicity found within relationships and to give empowerment to those who feel trapped. With a sound that pays homage to the classic 90's R&B vibe and sound, "Listen" is a soulful yet upbeat melodic track with an edgy hip-hop vibe.
Born and raised in Toronto, Melanie attended the Earl Haig School of the Arts. She trained at the Royal Conservatory of Music and worked on an eclectic array of projects before she became an “alternative hip-hop soul” artist. Citing influences that range from the soulful swoon of Minne Ripperton, to the powerful voice of Aretha Franklin, to the “mercy me” melodies of Marvin Gaye, the radiant singer/songwriter has no problems crashing through the wall of sound.
Melanie's last album Anticipation has been streamed over 3.7 million times worldwide. The album garnered a list of accolades for Melanie including 2 Juno nominations and a SiriusXM Indie Award nomination. Her single "Goodbye" was selected for a major ad campaign and was broadcasted in 27 countries. Melanie has headlined multiple festivals including the Montreal Jazzfest and Toronto Beaches Jazzfest.
This multi-talented artist was also a featured performer in the Canadian production of Rent. In addition to performing her own shows for audiences across Canada and the U.S., Melanie Durrant has shared the stage alongside Fantasia, Jay Z, 50 Cent, Jill Scott, Common, Sean Paul, Cissy Houston, as well as many of Canada’s top artists.