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Melanie Fiona Pens Touching Letter to Lauryn Hill

Melanie Fiona
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Ever since the news came out that Lauryn Hill was being sentenced to jail for three months for evading tax payments between 2005 and 2009, the music community has come to her side.

Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys are a few of the artists who penned letters to a judge on her behalf. Now Melanie Fiona writes an open letter to Hill, expressing what the lauded artist means to her as an inspiration.

“I have had many blessed, spiritual, and unforgettable moments in my life… But none more inspiring and life altering than last night. For those of you have ever listened to my music as a full body of work, heard any of my interviews, or have been to any of my live shows… Knows, that Lauryn Hill is a driving force of inspiration in everything I do. There would be no first audition for me if couldn’t sing her version of “his eye is on the sparrow”… There wouldn’t be “Felony Miona” …. There wouldn’t be the artist you see today who isn’t afraid to bare her soul about life and love. And last night, I got to tell her that. After seeing her murder the stage…I personally got to express my teary eyed gratitude. A REAL dream come true for me. Lauryn Hill is the true essence of artistry that I aspire to represent… One who can break barriers, colour lines, industry standards, and ignorant minds… All while making amazing heartfelt educated music. My life will never be the same… It will be better… For what I received last night in energy and inspiration will most definitely make me a better artist and woman in this industry. You will feel it. Thank You #LaurynHill… You are singlehandedly, hands down, the greatest to ever do it ALL… Triple Threat… And to inspire a musical generation so starved that we still anticipate any and everything that you will do in the future. With Love, Respect, Support and Gratitude, MF xo”

Hill performed at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (May 15), in which she sang all of her biggest hits for the intimate crowd.

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