R&B star Fantasia will let fans and viewers come into her world via reality TV on the VH-1 Networking. With successful shows created around urban music acts Salt-N-Pepa, Irv "Gotti" Lorenzo, and Flavor Flav, Fantasia get the green light on an eight episode series titled "Fantasia For Real."
Read the synopsis below about the show from the VH-1 website.
Six years ago, Fantasia was a young single mother from High Point, North Carolina singing in her church choir and struggling to raise her daughter, Zion. On a whim, she tried out for the third season of “American Idol,” and seemingly overnight the world discovered Fantasia’s tremendous voice. Five years and 8 Grammy® Award nominations later, life couldn’t look more different for Fantasia. Her first album, Free Yourself, was a platinum-selling, chart-topping success, bringing her wealth, fame, and recognition as an accomplished artist. Fantasia has worked with many music industry legends, including Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, and Missy Elliot. In 2007 Fantasia was chosen to star as “Celie” in the acclaimed Broadway musical “The Color Purple.” Her book “Life is Not a Fairy Tale” made the New York Times bestseller list, and she also starred in a made-for-television movie based on her life.
As Fantasia’s fame has grown, her personal life has increasingly become more complicated. The sole breadwinner for her large family, Fantasia struggles to balance career, family, being single mother and the demanding life of a highly successful performing artist. Fantasia’s VH1 series delves into how she has dealt with the seismic aftershocks of fame, all while managing the daily demands of life on the road and writing and recording new music that will connect with her fans.
“Fantasia has engaged millions of fans not only through her music and her amazing talent but also by her incredible fairytale life story,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production, VH1. “Our audience helped Fantasia become an American Idol and now, with this series, they get a backstage pass into her real life as she confronts obstacles to realize her true potential as an artist, a mother, a daughter and a sister.”
It is great to see Fantasia back in the limelight full throttle. With the exception of her over-the-top screaming at live performances, Ms. Barrino is one of the most underrated R&B talents of today. Her eponymous album released in 2006 was a classic. Expectations are set high with the three-year absence from the "American Idol." Overall, she will deliver.
With so many reality TV shows built around musicians in the last five years, who else would you like to see get their own show?