‘I Feel Like I’m Winning Again:’ Fantasia Barrino Talks New Music and Overcoming Obstacles
When Fantasia Barrino won American Idol back in 2004, her life changed drastically. Her triumphant win seemed like the perfect fairytale ending to all of the hardships that she endured in her young life. But, just like the title of her New York Times bestselling autobiography says, “life is not a fairytale.” Nearly 10 years after her victorious win, it seems that the 28-year-old singer knows all too well that fame and fortune doesn’t make a person exempt from adversity. But, Fanny says despite the tribulations that have befallen her in the last 10 years, she’s in a happy place.
“It’s been a longtime coming. And it’s been a longtime coming, getting to the place where I am, which is such a peaceful place and just wanting to do great music. Wanting to inspire people through music and put my story and everything that I feel and my thoughts into music,” the “Lose to Win” singer said during a radio interview with WDAS 105.3.
“I’m a happy person right now. And I think that’s showing, it’s a glow,” she expressed when her interviewer complimented her on how amazing she looks. “I’ve found that peace where I don’t have to please anybody. I’m just doing Fantasia and I totally love it. I love it.”
The Grammy Award-winning singer also revealed that she took somewhat of a different approach when putting together her upcoming album, Side Effects of You.
“On this album, I worked with one producer. This is my first time ever doing something like that, but I’ve always wanted to do it. When you listen to that Michael Jackson album? What was it Thriller? And he worked with Quincy Jones on the whole album, it had such a great sound. When Justin Timberlake just worked with Tim, it had a great sound. It was a story and it was put together well. That’s what we did. I worked with a guy out of London, Harmony Samuels and I think it’s one of the best albums I’ve ever done,” the North Carolina native revealed.
Barrino went on to discuss what inspired her critically acclaimed single, “Lose to Win.”
“It is personal. When I recorded ‘Lose to Win,’ that song for me wasn’t just about a relationship. It was about everything that I’ve lost; career-wise, family, friends, relationship. And I think when people hear it as well, they don’t just think of a relationship,” Barrino expressed.
Through it all, Fanny says her children and her music are what pulled her through the hardtimes and they continue to make her happy.
“I felt like at this point, for me, my music makes me happy and my children make me happy and I need to put my love in both of those. So my children are my kids and my music is my blessing and I want to be good to it. I feel like I should put my all, my honesty, my blood, sweat and tears when it comes to the live shows and giving the people good music,” she said during an interview with Richmond’s Kiss 105.7.
Considering all that she’s been through, it’s great to see Fantasia happy again.
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