Fantasia brings her blend of ‘rock soul’ to Macon stage

lshirley@macon.comMarch 28, 2014 

Fantasia, since winning “American Idol” in its third season, has won a Grammy and starred on Broadway.

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Fantasia is probably best known for winning the third season of “American Idol” in 2004.

But that victory came 10 years ago, and she has accomplished much since then, including winning a Grammy, starring on Broadway and performing on many tours. She also has released four albums since her career-making victory, including the 2013 release “Side Effects of You,” which she has described as “rock soul.”

Now, she can add a trip to Macon to her list of accomplishments, as she will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday at the City Auditorium.

“After a number of years, (“American Idol” winners) have to stand on their own, and I think Fantasia’s popularity at this point is based on her own abilities; she does have a great voice,” said Kevin Dowdell, the Macon Centreplex’s director of sales and marketing.

The concert is an official Cherry Blossom Festival event in the first year the Centreplex has truly sponsored the festival, and ticket sales are going well, Dowdell said.

“Macon has an affinity for Fantasia, her story, the movie that was recently done about her, her Southern roots,” he said.

And those Southern roots are where the singer found her love for music.

“When I was growing up, we listened to so many different types of music in our house,” she said on her official website. “It started with gospel and then the blues because my grandfather loved B.B. King. Of course, I loved listening to my girls, Monica, Brandy, TLC and SWV, but I also played Billie Holiday, Josephine Baker, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Bonnie Raitt and Queen. You can listen to any of those artists today because their music still stands and that’s what I wanted to do with this project. I want my music to be timeless.”

Her first album was released in 2004 with the title “Free Yourself.” That was followed by “Fantasia” in 2006 and “Back to Me” in 2010.

She starred in “The Color Purple” on Broadway in 2007 and was part of the cast of “After Midnight” last year, and is scheduled to return to that show in May, according to her website. She also co-wrote and recorded the theme song for the movie “The Butler,” which was titled “In the Middle of the Night.”

Fantasia

When: 8:30 p.m. March 28

Where: Macon City Auditorium, 415 First St.

Cost: $60, $65 and $70

Information: 478-751-9232; www.maconcentreplex.com

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