Fantasia Announces First-Ever Holiday Album

Fantasia will spread holiday cheer this season. The singer has announced her plans to release her first-ever holiday album, Christmas After Midnight.

Due on October 6, the album features some of Fantasia’s holiday favorites including “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Baby It’s Cold Outside” with guest vocals from CeeLo Green.

Fantasia says the album was inspired by her grandmother. “I’m so excited for my first Christmas album. My grandmother Addie Collins’ birthday was on Christmas Day,” she said in a statement.

She continued, “She was a loving woman who helped all her grandchildren understand the true meaning of the holiday, its impact on our spirituality and character as well as the importance of recognizing the value of family and significant relationships. This album is dedicated to her.”

Fantasia will release the album independently. She reportedly has parted ways from her label RCA Records. Although a formal announcement hasn’t been made, Fantasia’s name no longer appears on the label’s roster on its website.

Last summer, Fantasia released her fifth album, The Definition Of. In an interview with Rated R&B, she talked about her fight for creative freedom.

“[Ron Fair and I] wanted the album to represent the definition of music — the definition of the strength of a fighter,” she said. “He and I both fought for this record. We don’t have timeless records like we did back then. You can still put in a Luther Vandross CD or Anita Baker or Elton John or Queen or Stevie Wonder, and those were timeless records. It seems like they were just recorded yesterday. That’s what we wanted.”

Fantasia’s Christmas After Midnight Track List

1. This Christmas
2. Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto
3. The Snow Is Falling
4. Baby, It’s Cold Outside (feat. Cee-Lo Green)
5. Jingle Bell Rock
6. The Christmas Song
7. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
8. Merry Christmas, Baby
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
10. Silent Night
11. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
12. Hallelujah

Fans can pre-order Christmas After Midnight here.

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Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and others Win at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Monday night during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which aired on TV One.

The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.

Among the winners were R&B acts SZA (Outstanding New Artist), Bruno Mars (Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding Song) and Mary J. Blige (Outstanding Female Artist). R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference Award.

Ledisi Announces ‘All The Way’ As New Single

As Ledisi continues to relish on her three deserving Grammy nominations, she selects “All the Way” as the new single from Let Love Rule.

Backed by beautiful strings and a piano, the New Orléans native relies on the attachment from her soulmate to make things right when she’s feeling down about life.

“Love me, with all of your heart / Will you love me / When things get too hard, and I need you more / Make sure you’re sure, that you’ll love me all the way,” sings Ledisi.

“All the Way” is nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance while “High” is nominated for Best R&B Performance and Let Love Rule for Best R&B Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.

We’ll be rooting for Ledisi and all the other Grammy nominees. The Grammys will air live on Sunday, Jan. 28 from Madison Square Garden in New York and broadcast on the CBS Television Network from 7:30–11:00 p.m. ET/4:30–8:00 p.m. PT.

Go “All the Way” with Ledisi below.

Adrian Marcel Announces ‘GMFU Tour’ Dates

Adrian Marcel will hit the road this winter to support his debut album, GMFU (Got Me Fucked Up).

Starting on February 20, the Oakland, Calif. native will bring his smooth vocals to Atlanta at VINYL. He will travel to other cities on the east and west coast including New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Sacramento. The tour will conclude on March 8 at New Parish in San Francisco.

Last May, Rated R&B chatted with Marcel about his oft-delayed debut album and his most personal song from the project. “Eastside Story” because it was only two people who had anything to do with it — me and Jan Hancock. We produced it. We wrote it. Arranged it. Recorded it. It was the first record that we recorded in the process of doing this album.”

See his tour dates below.

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