Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri and Rodney Jerkins lead the list of contributors to American Idol winner Fantasia’s debut album, Free Yourself, due November 23rd. The album includes Fantasia’s previously released single “I Believe,” as well as the Gershwin standard “Summertime,” which she has performed on Idol.
Signed to J Records, Fantasia famously received the endorsement of BMG chairman and CEO Clive Davis, who insisted that, the TV show aside, he would have signed her if he’d seen her perform in a basement in Kansas. “She’s the only one in the competition I would have made that statement about,” Davis told Rolling Stone. “Fantasia comes with more people by far believing that she is not just an entertainer but that we may have found a young Mary J. Blige.”
To promote Free Yourself, Fantasia has a full slate of upcoming TV appearances including the American Music Awards, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show, and Live With Regis and Kelly.