Many wonderful opportunities have been happening for Fantasia. In November of last year, Fantasia announced that she had started work on her next album. For a little teaser, she posted a short clip of her and R. Kelly in the studio on her official Instagram account. “No Time For It” was the first single off the album, which was put out this last January 7th. Just last week on July 29th, she released her fifth studio album The Definition of… She worked with producers Ron Fair, Brian Kennedy, Neff-U, Jermone “J-Roc” Harmon and GRADES on the album.
Fantasia and her husband Kendall Taylor attended an AOL Build panel discussion last week to promote her new album. “I fought for this album. So much to the point where I think I got on people’s nerves,” Fantasia revealed. “I love music across the board. Not just gospel but R&B, pop, rock, jazz, country, I have a country song on my album. I said I’m not going to allow anyone to put me in a box anymore. How are you going to tell me what to sing and how to sing if I’m the artist. Right?”
The Definition Of… beautifully showcases Fantasia’s raw talent, reminding fans why she won American Idol. According to Fantasia, the title represents how she is every woman: “I’m the definition of strength, the definition of love, the definition of a fighter, the list goes on.” Released a year and a half after its first sessions and completion of a co-headlining U.S. tour with Anthony Hamilton, the album features a new range of collaborators along with a change of perspective and sounds. Drawing from her diverse musical tastes, she and Ron Fair uniquely captured art that embodies sophistication as an artist. Diversity does not steer away from balance within the album. Themes blend perfectly song after song; Fantasia delivering some of her finest work.
She flawlessly defines the past and present in this album, letting go of past boundaries that contained her before. Leading single “No Time For It” and “Wait For You” are gorgeous contemporary tracks that bring to light her unique, raspy, powerhouse voice. “Not Time For It” specifically is backed by synths, snares, and an organ. It has gone on to peak at number six on the United States’ Adult R&B Songs Billboard chart. It is a mid-tempo track with lyrics that revolve around blocking out drama and negativity in favor of professional and financial success. Fun fact, Fantasia described the song as a continuation of her “rock soul” sound, which she introduced on her previous album Side Effects of You (2013). “Sleeping With The One I Love” is a great soulful and sassy track, bringing production back to a classic ‘60s R&B hit. One song from the album that is a must-listen has to be “Ugly.” This emotional heart-wrenching track sums up the path she has taken from her harsh teenage life to winning Idol and skyrocketing in the entertainment industry.
Fantasia breaks out a more danceable beat with the rhythms and funky baseline of “Stay Up” featuring Stacy Barthe, while she turns into syncs with the calypso and guitar-driven “Roller Coasters” which features Aloe Blacc. Reaching a graceful ending with the gospel-inspired anthem, “I Made It” tells it all. This last track on the album boldly defines her creating beauty out of the struggles in her life, having a child at 16-years-old, dealing with rape. “I done made it through the storm and the rain, So much heartache, pressure, So much pain, I’ve been broken into pieces, maybe more…But I’m still standing after all I’ve been through, I survived through all of this because of you.”
The growth and maturity from The Definition Of… just illuminates her growth and maturity as an R&B artist. From idol forward, Fantasia consistently improved her talent, gift, and artistry. Each album progresses along with the new phases in her life and stays true to her story. After 12 years in the industry, she isn’t playing around. What she wants she will get. How she wants to be portrayed through her music is how she will create it to be. Her artistic abilities are endless and nothing will stop her from being who she is. She has done it again, The Definition Of… marking wonderful ratings from loyal fans and critics. We cannot wait to see what Fantasia tackles on next.