Her idols didn’t just limit themselves to one genre of music and Fantasia Barrino’s going to follow in their footsteps and offer something new to her fans with her next album.
“I’m doing something different. I call it Rock-Soul,” she told HipHollywood.com. “I love music. I grew up on good music, not only just R&B artists. I grew up on Elton John, Aerosmith, Queen, Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, all of these different types of music. So, I feel like I don’t want to be boxed in anymore on just one type of music.”
Fantasia is mostly considered an R&B artist offering up soul-stirring, emotional performances reminiscent of what many churchgoers see Sunday after Sunday from their pews.
However, she pointed out that several legendary, Black female artists dabbled in other music genres. Donna Summer was considered the Queen of Disco, and Tina Turner could put any rock act to shame.
“I love the fact that Tina Turner, when she first came out, everybody loved her. She’s always soul, but she took a different direction, and I felt like that was her passion and where her heart was at. So, for me, that’s where my heart is. I’m going to follow it,” said Fantasia who’s hoping to release the new album in March.
The lines between R&B and pop are becoming more and more blurred recently with crossover artists offering music for their wide variety of listeners. Instead of losing their original fan base, most just add to their already loyal following.
Fantasia still wants to please her fans, but after a decade in the business, she’s ready to try something new and sing for her.
“I’m a soul singer. So, I’ll always sing what I go through,” she said. “It’s been 10 years for me, and I just want to now do what’s best for me and what I feel is true to me.”
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—Tracy L. Scott
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