American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia dropped her seventh studio album, Sketchbook, on Friday (Oct 11). The singer described the new set to People magazine as a mix of “all genres of music.”
“Everything is different,” she told People. “I came from a musical family and a lot of people don’t know that my first cousins are K-Ci and JoJo from Jodeci. They introduced us to great music at a young age. Then I went off to do Idol, we were allowed to do all genres. I was so here for it because that’s how I grew up. So my new thing is being independent and not having anybody standing in the way telling me what I can and cannot do.”
“‘PTSD’ sounds nothing like ‘Enough,’ ‘Enough’ sounds nothing like ‘Holy Ghost,’ ‘Holy Ghost’ sounds nothing like ‘Take Off,’” she explained. “It’s just a feel good album of all genres with a bop to it, something people have never heard Fantasia do. I don’t want people to stick me in a box.”
Sketchbook is Fantasia’s first independent release, apart from 19 recordings/Sony.
“I was at a point to where I was like, ‘If I can’t do what I want to do, then I quit,’” she says. “I walked away from the label with all good relationships on good terms. And now we’re doing what it is we always really wanted to do.”
Fantasia is getting ready to hit the road. Her headlining tour begins in Columbia, South Carolina on Oct 17. Robin Thicke, Tank and The Bonfyre opens for the tour, set to last through December.
“Know that I put together just about everything [for the tour],” she told People. “A lot of people don’t know that I sketch, and I design the outfits for myself and my girls. They don’t know that I put together the lights, the band, what the girls sing. It’s fun to see it all come together.”
Listen to Fantasia’s Sketchbook on Youtube.