After ascending to the R&B heavens with recent album ‘Side Effects of You’, Fantasia rolls up her sleeves and gets to work on its follow-up this year – revealing that it’s to be inspired by her love for Rock music!
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Speaking to Billboard‘s ‘The Juice’, the ‘Side Effects of You’ singer revealed:
This whole rock soul direction has been on my heart. I’ll always be soulful: I started singing in the church at the age of five. So that will never go anywhere. But there’s a certain side of me that wants to tap into that whole rock world. It’s hard to come from R&B to that. But it’s something I believe in and will fight for. This will be my fifth album and 10 years in the game for me. Musically I’ve grown, and in my life I’ve grown. I want all of that reflected in my music for this album.
Then, on her creative pairing with Harmony Samuels, she explained:
We’re going back in the studio soon. I feel like I should always do albums with Harmony because he gets me. He’s like my Quincy Jones. We started “Side Effects of You” from scratch with him going to the keyboard and just playing things. I’d be like, “I like that. Keep going.” Whenever you can create an album like that, it’s amazing. You don’t find that anymore,” Fantasia shared. “Normally you go into the studio and the producer gives you a track or the song is already written. Harmony allows me to be me.
Though it may be a strange comparison or reference to make or mention, it’d be great to hear Fan pull from ‘Fast Car’ performer Tracy Champan, whose fusion of Soul, Pop and Blues saw her rise above genre lines to deliver many a timeless classic.
Sure, while she’ll be tasked with ensuring her voice and the album’s packaging is sold as R&B as not to scare away her die-hards, delivering numbers like ‘For My Lover‘ or ,should take a few step towards Country, serve something akin to Lorrie Morgan‘s ‘I Guess You Had to Be There.’
Seasoned with R&B salt and pepper, of course.