"Everything can knock you down. You have the choice to either get up and keep fighting and push for your dream or you can allow it to keep you down," Amaro says of her life post-major label deal.
When the confetti shower rained down around Melanie Amaro upon her glorious The X-Factor win in the fall of 2011, there were high expectations. With a Whitney Houston-size voice, the singer showed considerable promise entering the mainstream music business. Signed to LA Reid's Epic Records, she was set to deliver a debut studio album Truly in early 2012. But amidst "creative differences," the album was shelved and Amaro was dropped. Now, she finds herself happier than she has ever been. "Everything can knock you down. You have the choice to either get up and keep fighting and push for your dream or you can allow it to keep you down. With me, I decided I wasn’t going to let that setback hold me down and keep me from pursuing my dream," she shares in an exclusive Popdust interview recently.
She continues, "[With Epic,] I felt like I was being pushed into a mold that I didn’t necessarily fit. The music I was supposed to be making wasn’t me because I wasn’t able to be a part of the creative process. It was more of a ‘sing this, sing that’ kind of thing. But now, I'm making music I can totally stand behind."
Now, with a fresh slate, Amaro is expected to release her long-awaited Nice Nasty EP very, very soon. "I’ve been focusing on the new music and trying to really find my sound and start fresh. Being able to be a part of the creative process of making music has been great," she says. "[With this new EP,] I needed good people around me. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to do this on my own. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to make it very far doing it all on my own, either. That played a major role in me wanting to push myself even more. I didn’t want to fail myself and I also didn’t want to fail those people who believed in me, my fans, my family, close friends, my team."
She teases what fans can expect with the new tunes, "I’ve got a couple nice songs on there, and then, I’ve got a couple nasty songs on there. Basically, it gives you two parts of my music -- the ballad-y love songs and then the straight urban."
When speaking about the inspiration behind the EP, she says it really came down to digging up the emotion, which she never had the opportunity to do before. "The emotions were all over the place. We were writing music based on my everyday feelings, everything I go through, relationships, having a good time, heartbreaks, the whole nine. The best way to get something off your chest is to write about it."
In terms of one song in particular she's most excited to share, Amaro points to Sometimes. "I really enjoy the song because of what it says in the song. Sometimes you don’t always want a serious relationship but you want to have conversations and intimacy, not necessarily sex," she says. "The song says sometimes you just need somebody there to listen to you and cuddle with you and talk with you."
With a potential end-of-May release date tentatively booked, the powerhouse is also working on a music video for the lead track, The One (expected soon, too), with a tour (hopefully) behind it in the fall. "The fall would be phenomenal to tour and share my music all over the states and hopefully abroad, too. I’m keeping my fingers crossed," she says.
Grab a copy of Melanie Amaro's new single The One now on iTunes.