Former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has big plans for her fans this holiday season. The vocal powerhouse has announced the release of her first holiday album, ‘Christmas After Midnight,’ which is slated to arrive next month. Included in the announcement is the set’s cover artwork, which shows an elegantly dressed Tasia standing next to a Christmas tree.
The 12-song project was produced by Ron Fair (Christina Aguilera, Keyshia Cole), and will feature renditions of Fantasia’s favorite holiday classics, including “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a duet with Cee-Lo Green.
“I’m so excited for my first Christmas album,” said Fantasia as quoted by Rap-Up. “My grandmother Addie Collins’ birthday was on Christmas Day. I will never forget how she would put up the prettiest Christmas trees and lights. But more importantly, I’ll never forget the impact she had on me and everyone else around her this time of year. She was a loving woman who helped all her grandchildren understand the true meaning of the holiday, its impact on our spirituality and character as well as the importance of recognizing the value of family and significant relationships. This album is dedicated to her. So as she would always say, ‘Keep giving the Gift of Giving!'”
Fantasia also adds that the project is a tribute to memorable Christmas moments as well as artists who have paved the way for her.
“This album pays homage to my grandmother and is a gift from me to all of those who remember their grandparents or parents putting up Christmas trees and being a blessing into people’s lives,” she explained. “I’d also like to pay homage to the great singers like Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles who stood strong in what they believed in—the music. I hope that it blesses you guys. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”
Christmas After Midnight, which follows last year’s The Definition Of…, is due Oct. 6 via Concord Records.
In related news, Fantasia is asking for prayers for her brother, who is currently battling an unknown illness. She’s been posting various moments about him on her Instagrampage. We’re with you and your family during this difficult time Fanny… Prayers Up!