Fantasia is ready to return to the studio for what will be her fifth studio album.
A follow up to the successful "Without Me" and "Lose To Win" led "Side Effects of You," Fantasia looks forward to showing fans how much she's grown musically.
"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," Fantasia shared during a recent interview with Billboard's The Juice.
Building off the success of "Side Effects of You," Fantasia looks forward to working with her Quincy Jones — producer Harmony Samuels.
"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."
In addition to her next album, Fantasia is working on a clothing line and mentoring a young girl group.
"I always say whatever God has for me, I'll give 250% to do my best at it," Fantasia went on to say. "I'm happy for everything I went through because I can put it on the stage, put it in my music and share it with other young ladies. I can tell them what it is and what it ain't, give it to them real so they won't do the same thing."
For Fantasia's full interview, including her thoughts on the early close of "After Midnight," visit Billboard.