Fantasia Barrino is gearing up for the release of her fourth studio album, The Side Effects Of You.
This is a special album for the singer, as she deems it her “baby” because she got to do a lot of writing this time around. The songstress even goes on to say that fans will get to hear her dabble with Rock-Soul, instead of just R&B or Gospel.
“My whole album I wrote with one guy out of London, his name is Harmony. I didn’t want to flip flop and be everywhere because a lot of times, with my other albums, I’ve worked with different producers, great producers, but this time I just wanted to stick with one person so that we can just have an album that has one sound and everybody is on the same page,” says Barrino.
She continued, “It’s my baby because I finally got to write. They allowed me to write on this album and a lot of the songs we did, we did from scratch. We actually lived in the studio and I’ve always wanted to do something different. They always say R&B and I love R&B, but for me, at the level I’m at right now, I kept saying I want to do something like Rock-Soul. When you say Rock-Soul you think of Tina Turner. You think of James Brown. I just wanted so bad to always do something like that and I thank the record company, RCA, for allowing me to do that on this album.”
The album’s lead single, “Lose To Win,” has been a hit among fans, but it almost didn’t make it on the album.
“When I listened to the lyrics of the song, to me it wasn’t just about a relationship, it was about my whole career. It’s been ten years for me. There’s been ups. There’s been downs. There’s been people to walk away. There’s just been a lot for me. So the message was strong for me and I just had to record it,” Fantasia told “The Steve Harvey Morning Show.”