Updated 2/3/2010 at 5:40 p.m.
Fantasia kept it real during her appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" where she performed her new song for the first time ever.
Fannie had a lot to talk about with Oprah when you consider her reality show, “Fantasia for Real,” and her upcoming album. But the TV host wanted to know what was really going on behind all the headlines, from Fantasia’s Broadway no-shows to reports of her home going into foreclosure.
"Dealing with Broadway and dealing with this young lady who’s being told she’s ugly every day and going through so many things. It became an overload on me," Fantasia said of her initial run in The Color Purple. However, what really took her out of comission were two bengin tumors on her vocal chords.
Doctors told ‘Tasia that having the growths removed could affect her voice. Thankfully she made a full recovery. "I couldn’t work or sing for six weeks," she says. "But I’m good as gold now."
Fantasia also opened up to O about why her home was up for bid at one point, stating that she just trusted others around her to watch out for her financial well-being.
"I was young, fresh in the game, and I just wanted to sing, without really understanding that you still have to watch after everything that you have going for you," she shared. "You have to take care of your money. You have to meet with your lawyers and look over your schedule and figure out what it is that you have going on."
Fantasia has managed to come through all the drama and carry on with her career, including another stint as Celie in a tour for The Color Purple. But the crown jewel of her time on "Oprah" was a powerful performance of her new song "Even Angels." You can listen to the track below.
— Sonya Eskridge