SingersRoom.com last night's (April 23) the Singersroom sponsored LoveJonesNYC, which honored American Idol winner and soul veteran Fantasia, was filled with an abundance of spirituality and positivity. Billed as the official album release party for Tasia's brand new album, Side Effects Of You, the event, held at XL Nightclub in , will be cherished by all its attendees for a lifetime. Before taking the stage to thank everyone in the audience and perform her single, Fantasia was blessed with an intense tribute, which included art, dance and performances from R&B singers Joe, Kenny Lattimore and Yummy Bingham, gospel crooner Vashawn Mitchell, as well as her favorite fan. Missy Elliott stopped through to show supportAn emotional Fantasia later took the stage and conveyed her gratitude to the jammed-packed room. Speaking on her new album, she says "I haven't felt this much love since my first album," insisting she did this project the way she wanted. After tons of persuading from guests at the event, Fantasia finally took to the stage for an impromptu performance of “Lose To Win,” but before doing so, she had this to say:
I haven’t had all this love since my first album. So, to have you guys come out and support me after all that I’ve been through. On this album I was able to tell my story. I didn’t let nobody speak for me, I said it the way I wanted to say it. And, I said before I go back into the studio, I won’t go back until they let me do what I want to. You know, sometimes you gotta stand up for yourself. What happened was, since I was so quiet all the time, and I was this country, gullible, fun…kool-aid smile, … everyone thought they could take licks and throw stones at me, but that Fantasia is gone. Now, I’m speaking for myself, they told their story, now let me tell mine. The Side Effects Of You is not just about a man, trust me, he’s in the story, The Side Effects Of You is about the industry, family, friends, those who said they love you and you turn around and they’re gone. My grandmother said, “You don’t cry over spilled milk, you pick up and move on.According to Necolebitchie.com Fantasia’s new album is #2 overall on iTunes and has been in the top 10 for weeks, based off of pre-orders alone. We can't wait to interview Fantasia! She is an icon in the making.