Audio + Video: Melanie Fiona Urges For Change With The Compelling 'I Tried'


After getting even with her ex-beau on "Bite The Bullet"Melanie Fiona has more weightier issues to address. Tackling tough realities as police brutality, racial discrimination and domestic violence, the Grammy Award-winning songstress is hoping that her new single, "I Tried", and its powerful accompanying visual, will spark frank discussions about the social ills in our society in order to move towards change.

In a statement issued to Complex, Fiona expressed her reasoning for tackling such dark topics for her new single that is slated to appear on her 2016 album, Awake:
"It is important for me to channel the ideas and concepts I am passionate about into my music and my art. As an artist with a social platform, I feel it is my responsibility to do so. The video for "I Tried" is a tribute to the fight in which we all witness and experience both internally and externally in the world daily. The conversation of important issues should not end when we turn the TV off. I hope this visual sparks emotion, thought, dialogue, reflection, and ultimately, positive change."
What I really love about Fiona's visual for "I Tried" is that it shows so little, but tells so much. On first glance it just looks like "Oh, Melanie Fiona is lying in a clear glass box....okay, cool." Then as the Carmen Murray-directed video progresses, the mood shifts as you see Fiona rise up, her body bruised and battered, her lamenting against a bluesy-Reggae tinged down-beat: "I tried being good, but it never worked, but if I follow truce, there was no way I get hurt / But every time I let my guard down, I just let my heart down, I could give until you're back down, Run me dry till I tap out". 

If that wasn't poignant enough, Fiona doesn't back down on her word to use her artistic platform in order to express her concerns over today's current events as headlines flash across the screen, highlighting such tragedies as the online abuse towards young Houston teen Jada and the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Sandra Bland at the hands of police brutality, Fiona placing herself in the victims' position by well-done mimes. The result is effective and hits the right tone, and to me, Fiona deserves rounds of applause for standing up and staying woke in such a unique and powerful way.

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