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Fantasia (AI3 Winner) CD Info *Missy, Dupri, R Kelly* :o
In an "American Idol" winner first, Fantasia has
scored some of the biggest names in music to
contribute to her debut album.
Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri and R. Kelly are among
those writing and producing for Fantasia's Free
Yourself, due November 23.
Elliott is behind the title track as well as a tune
called "Selfish," while Dupri contributed "Got Me
Waiting," according to Fantasia's spokesperson.
Other producers include the Underdogs ("Ain't Gonna
Beg"), Scott Storch, Jazze Pha, and Soulshock & Karlin
("Truth Is"), who are coming off JoJo's "Leave (Get
"I can't believe they're writing songs just for me,"
Fantasia said in a statement. "I want the songs I
record to show different aspects of what I can do
musically. I can't wait. I feel like as much as God
has blessed me, now I just want to give back."
Harold Lilly, who produced Alicia Keys' "You Don't
Know My Name" as well as tracks for Ruben Studdard and
Angie Stone, also worked with Fantasia, a single
mother, on a track called "Baby Mamma," and Rodney
Jerkins contributed "It's All Good."
"She's soulful," Jerkins said. "She's a young Aretha
Franklin/Mary J. Blige all rolled up into one. This
girl's got some pipes on her, serious pipes."
Fantasia has yet to decide on the album's first
single, although Jerkins said "It's All Good" is
"I did this record with Sean Garrett," Jerkins said of
the red hot songwriter behind Usher's "Yeah!," Ciara's
"Goodies" and Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath."
"It's gonna shock people. ... [You think] she's going
to come slow, singing ballads, 'cause all the
'American Idol' artists that have come out, if you
study the past, they've come out with these big
ballads. Well, the only hint that I can give is that
it's not a ballad."
Fantasia, who beat Diana DeGarmo for the third
"American Idol" crown in May, started recording Free
Yourself over the summer, on off nights from the
American Idols Live tour.
With her summer single, "I Believe," Fantasia became
the first artist to debut at #1 on Billboard's Hot 100
chart with her first solo single.
"She will definitely have a career because she
definitely has the attitude and the pipes to pull it
off," Jerkins said. "She has it. And I look to work
with her again in the future. I think the chemistry's
there and I think we're gonna create."