Without question, Season 3 American Idol winner and Grammy-winning artist Fantasia Barrino is a star. And on Saturday night at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Fantasia’s star shined as brightly as ever.
The down-to-earth musical diva’s weekend performance was a celebration — of her new album Sides Effects of You, of her love for her fans, and of her life. Anyone in the know knows that life has been a bit rocky for Tasia in the last year or so, but her fans packed the place on Saturday night to let her know that they have her back, and to welcome her back to her rightful place among the stars.
After being preceded by the raw Harlem comedian Smokey Suarez and a rhythmic set from the disco/R&B group GQ (including a particularly groovy take on “Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)”), it was time for Fantasia to take the stage. As she stepped out of the wings sharply dressed in a black pantsuit and heels, Fantasia made a request of the audience that they were all to happy to oblige — “Everybody stand up! We came to party!” No more than two minutes into “I’m Doin’ Me” the heels were kicked off and the party was kicked into high gear as Tasia flitted and glided across the stage in high spirits. The six-piece band and trio of backup singers dug in and got comfortable along with Tasia for the second song also off her second album, “Man Of The House.” Not only was it very apparent that Fantasia “looked good” — but her infectious and playful energy was clearly on display as she sang and danced to the content of her heart and ours, a clear indication that she was “feeling good” as well.
Oh, and let’s not forget who we’re talking about here, the “I can belt out a song with the best of them” Fantasia Barrino! On the crowd favorite “Free Yourself,” the Southern girl who won over America at the age of 19 with her sass and song (remember how she clenched the Idol win with her rendition of “Summertime”?) reminded us why we adore her in the first darn place — her outstanding voice.