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Next Level, INC presents Fantasia’s “Side Effects Of You Tour”
To Fantasia, life and music can never be separated. So when the 28-year-old,
Grammy Award winner titled her third album Back to Me, she was making her
current goals, both creative and personal, crystal clear.
“When I was on American Idol,” she says, “people fell in love with the young lady
who took her shoes off to come onstage, who spoke her mind and didn’t hold
anything back. They could relate because whatever I was feeling at the time, I
put that in my music.
“But after doing two albums and having the chance to do some acting,” she
continues, “I think I allowed people to influence me and change me. As an artist,
you’re always asking, ‘What’s the new sound? What’s gonna bump in the clubs?
What’s hot?,’ when really, all it takes is you being yourself. What makes us
special as artists is when we do us. So I wanted to get back to that Fantasia—the
young lady who sang from her soul and didn’t worry about what anybody else
has to say. You have to follow your heart, and most of the time when you do that,
Fantasia Monique Barrino knows a few things about winning. Following her
triumph in the 2004 edition of American Idol, the song “I Believe” made her the
first recording artist in history to debut at Number One on the Billboard charts
with a debut single. Her album Free Yourself was certified platinum, while the
follow-up, 2006’s Fantasia, featured the number-one R&B hit ”When I See U.”
Back to Me, which includes writing and producing contributions from such
hitmakers as Ne-Yo, Claude Kelly, and Rico Love, may be Fantasia’s first new
music in over three years, but that time has hardly been quiet. For a full year, she
took on the role of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple (she is also
cast in the forthcoming film adaptation). She published her controversial memoir,
Life is Not a Fairy Tale. Most recently, following a series of personal and
professional challenges, she returned to the spotlight with the VH1 reality series
Fantasia for Real. So when it came time to focus on her music again, she was
itching to go.