Fantasia Barrino – Side Effects of Life
by Abraham Kuranga
It’s been almost ten years since Fantasia Barrino won the hearts of millions of viewers on season three of Fox’s American Idol. She was simply a young voice from High Point, North Carolina, just amazed to have the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of her own idols, much less perhaps become one.
Today, she returns with her fourth studio album entitled Side Effects of You. After so many years in the business, Fantasia is ready to take charge of her life and her music, starting with this album.
“I figured change had to start with me taking control my career,” Fantasia laments. “My life and my career belongs to me, and music is what I do.”
Armed with that motivation and attitude, she returned to the studio and produced what she describes as “rock-soul.”
“I’ve been influenced by so many people. Queen, Elton John, Bonnie Raitt, Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Aretha Franklin,” explains Fantasia. “I wanted to take people back to how music used to be. This is the album I’ve always wanted to do.”
With her strong musical influences and new control over her own music, her latest offering is taking on a life of its own.
Side Effects of You is aptly titled. After coming from the American Idol ranks, Fantasia explains that she had to learn – not only about the music industry, but also about life. She went through a much-publicized hospitalization, divorce and the birth of her second child. Fantasia was forced to re-evaluate her life and prioritize.
“I didn’t know everything and I had to sit back decide what was right for me,” confesses Fantasia. “I was being led around by people who didn’t truly know me or what I wanted from life, so finally I said ‘no more.’”