Anticipation is defined as a feeling of excitement for a pending occurrence, or the act of preparing for a specific undertaking. Both interpretations fit seamlessly with the way Toronto singer-songwriter Melanie Durrant has prepared for her new album.
With an independent release date set for February 17, 2015 through her own Melo-D’s Inc., Anticipation is the accumulation of Durrant’s hard work and determination over the past few years.
It’s a period of time that has seen the young songstress earn an incredible three JUNO Award-nominations for key records; two of which are serving as Anticipation’s lead singles.
The first, “Gone,” was Durrant’s second release in as many years to be recognized by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) at the JUNO Awards (with “Made For Love” getting a nod in 2013). Just recently, Anticipation’s second single, “Four Seasons” was selected as a 2015 JUNO Award-nominee for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, with Durrant finding herself amongst familiar faces including the likes of The Weeknd, and last year’s winner, JRDN.
But win or lose – and despite pursuing her career during this time as an independent artist – Durrant has proven that she’s capable of competing with Canada’s most well-known acts. Multiple nominations have made it clear this was no stroke of luck, but rather recognition of her talent and hard work.
On “Four Seasons”, Durrant’s soothing sounds come through a transparently powerful voice that is both tender and transporting. It’s a common theme to Durrant’s intimate approach, mastering her control of cadence and delivery each step of the way.
The latest single, “By Your Side,” was released in mid-January to critical acclaim, and it is set to be followed by the fourth and final single, “Mr. Wonderful.”
Anticipation’s production is backed by both sides of the border as Durrant has brought in some top notch talents to aid her in creating her masterpiece. On the US-side, Durrant paired up with two Grammy-nominated producers including Allstar (50 Cent, Madonna, Whitney Houston, SWV) and Ced Solo (Anthony Hamilton, Kelly Rowland, Ginuwine), while the Canadian producers include multi-platinum Grammy-nominated Kuya Productions, 3-time JUNO nominee (Slakah The) Beatchild, and in-house beatsmith Mo’Jointz.Written by Destrukto. Original content here: Canadian Music News