Fantasia Barrino was born in June of 1984 in North Carolina. Throughout her childhood, she developed a love for music and at the age of 19, decided to try out for "American Idol". After passing the audition process, she made it to the actual competition and chose to sing “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” which earned the approval of the judges, especially Randy Jackson who called her performance “the best performance in the show’s history”. Fantasia made it all the way to the final round where she again performed the song “Summertime” which gained her so much popularity on the show in the first place. Simon Cowell stated that Fantasia was the best contestant to ever compete in the competition and after a long voting process, Fantasia was crowned the winner of "American Idol" in 2004.
After winning "American Idol", Fantasia went to work on her debut album and released the single, “I Believe” which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. Her debut album, “Free Yourself” was released in November 2004 and sold 240,000 copies in the first week. After the release of her first album, Fantasia’s career skyrocketed as she began to make television appearances, collaborate with some of the biggest names in music and perform at some of the biggest award shows including the Grammys. Since then, Fantasia has released two successful albums, appeared in films and plays and won countless awards. Currently, Fantasia is gearing up for the release of her fourth album, “Side Effects of You” which will be available on April 23.
An official press release stated:
Grammy Award winner Fantasia will release her fourth studio album,
Side Effects Of You, on April 23rd on 19 Recordings/RCA Records. The
album will be available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon.com and all
online retailers on March 19th.
"‘Side Effects Of You’ reflects a body of work that I call ‘Rock
Soul,’ where I’m exploring a new and refreshing sound that reflects my
vocal versatility and appreciation for international appeal,” says
Fantasia. “I wrote a great deal of the new songs alongside some great
producers and songwriters and 19/RCA has allowed me to artistically
express myself the way I've wanted to for years. I hope everyone will
enjoy this project and experience the ROCK SOUL NATION AND JOIN THE
Side Effects Of You features the lead single "Lose to Win" which is this week’s #1 most increased on the Urban Adult Airplay chart. Album Producer Harmony Samuels wrote and produced the majority of the songs with the exception of the album title track, “Side Effects of You,” which was produced by Naughty Boy. Fantasia also takes pen to pad as a songwriter on the majority of the tracks along with Andrea Martin, Emeli Sandé, Sherrod Lambert, Missy Elliott and Courtney Harrell to name a few. The album features guest appearances by Missy Elliott, Kelly Rowland and more.
Side Effects Of You track listing:
- Ain’t All Bad
- If I Was A Bird
- Girl Talk (Interlude)
- Without Me featuring Kelly Rowland & Missy Elliott
- Side Effects Of You
- Get It Right
- So Much To Prove
- Change Your Mind
- Lose To Win
- End Of Me
- In Deep