“X-Factor” Finalist Stacy Francis Talks Purple Rain Single, New Album, and Reality Show

Even though she didn’t win the first season of X-Factor U.S., contestant Stacy Francis has plans to go forward with her music career.

After a rendition of Prince’s “Purple Rain” that left her judge and mentor Nicole Scherzinger moved to tears, Francis released the single on iTunes on Tuesday May 29, 2012 due to the fans requests. In preparation to perform the song for the judges, Francis tells Sister 2 Sister Magazine, “I started to Google the color purple. I thought that that had to mean something. I started seeing it in religion to represent God’s love. So when I looked at it from that viewpoint of God’s love raining down on me, it became a ministry,” Stacy revealed. “Ever since I did that all the fans have been like, ‘Please give us the full version!'” The single is produced by 1500 or Nothin, who has worked with Chris Brown, Beyonce, and Rihanna.

The mother-of-two also hints at an upcoming album. Working on the project now, the still-untitled R&B album is set to be released in August, and reported to feature many ballads. “I’m so excited about my song and my album…I really want people to feel my communication in my music and teach in some sort of way. I want this album to heal and communicate,” she said.

And to top it off, the singer is in talks to do a reality show that follows her life and blossoming music career set to debut later in the year.