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Fantasia Talks 10 Years Of Being In The Music Industry, New Album & More

By Teonny Spears / Published on Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 23:41 PM / 107 Comments

The past year has been quite busy for singer and American Idol winner Fantasia. She released her fourth studio album, Side Effects of You in April of 2013, starred in the Tony-nominated Broadway musical After Midnight, and even co-wrote and recorded the theme song In the Middle of the Night for Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

In a recent interview with Billboard, the singer spoke about her 10 years in the industry, upcoming fifth studio album, and much more. Take a look at a for the of excerpts from the sit-down, and you can click here┬áto read it in it’s entirety:


On the easiest and hardest part of her career so far: “There hasn’t been an easy part at all, not in my journey [laughs]. But I’m grateful because it made me the woman I am now. I’ll be 30 on June 30. So I can say wow, I’m so glad I’ve touched the things I don’t want to touch at 30 and done the things that I don’t want to do at 30. But even with things I do now, someone’s always going to try and find something. At this point, however, it really doesn’t matter. I’m not trying to please anyone. I just want to have peace and be able to hit the stage and sing. If you like it, thank you. If you don’t, I’m sorry. I think I would go crazy if I couldn’t hit the stage. It’s my therapy. It’s the place where I can just let loose and be free. It’s also my way of giving God back the glory for giving me this gift.”

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On her upcoming album: “This whole rock soul direction has been on my heart. I’ll always be soulful: I started singing in the church at the age of five. So that will never go anywhere. But there’s a certain side of me that wants to tap into that whole rock world. It’s hard to come from R&B to that. But it’s something I believe in and will fight for. This will be my fifth album and 10 years in the game for me. Musically I’ve grown, and in my life I’ve grown. I want all of that reflected in my music for this album.”

On finishing her stint on the Broadway play After Midnight: “It makes me sad. Gladys Knight was supposed to go on after Patti Labelle [the show’s current guest star]. That was the first Broadway show that I started with. Those young people I worked with became like family to me. I saw how hard they worked; I know how much they love and respect jazz music. They’re talented and will do great things. But I’m also sad because I felt it was a much-needed play for people to know that jazz still lives. The music is great. So hopefully someone else will come back out with something like that so young people will know where music really started.”


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