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Fantasia earned national acclaim in 2004 as the season three winner of "American Idol" (FOX). That same year, she released her platinum-selling debut album Free Yourself, becoming the first artist in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart to debut at #1 with her first single, "I Believe." Fantasia's 2006 eponymous second album featured the #1 R&B single, "When I See U," and reached gold status. In 2010, Fantasia released the critically acclaimed Back To Me, which featured the hit single "Bittersweet" that earned her first ever GRAMMY® Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song. In 2013, Fantasia released her fourth studio album, Side Effects of You which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums Chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200.
In addition to being a mainstay in music, Fantasia adds author and actress to her growing list of accomplishments. In 2006, she released her New York Times bestselling memoir, “Life Is Not a Fairytale,” and starred as herself in the Lifetime movie of the same name. In 2007, Fantasia landed the coveted role of Celie in Broadway's “The Color Purple” for which she won a Theater World Award. Fantasia returned to Broadway in 2013 as the first celebrity engagement in “After Midnight,” a dance-focused musical that celebrated Harlem's iconic Cotton Club during the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920's and 1930's. After receiving rave reviews, Fantasia joined the cast of “After Midnight” for a second run in May 2014. Up next, Fantasia will be reprising her role of Celie in Blitz Bazawule's forthcoming “The Color Purple” movie, slated for release in 2023.
Joining Fantasia is seven-time GRAMMY® Award nominee Joe, whose greatest hits include “I Wanna Know,” “All the Things” (Your Man Won’t Do), “Don’t Wanna Be a Player” and more. Rising to fame in Atlanta, Georgia, his music regularly hits on the pop and R&B charts, including number-one hit “Stutter.” In 2010, Billboard listed Joe as one of the Top R&B and Hip-Hop artists of the past 25 years. He has won a number of awards and accolades throughout the years including an ASCAP Award, a BET Award, a NAACP Image Award, and four Soul Train Music Awards.