Season 3 "American Idol" winner Fantasia will return to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on Sept. 28, according to a release from Birmingham-based booking agent Red Mountain Entertainment. R&B singer-songwriter Tank will open the show, beginning at 7 p.m., with gates opening at 5:30.
Following her "AI" victory in 2004, Fantasia Monique Barrino rode the wave with her single "I Believe," which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. She'd sung "I Believe" as her final performance on the competition. She soon followed with the album “Free Yourself,” which sold platinum and earned three Grammy nominations. The title track went Top 40, and second single "Truth Is" spent 14 weeks at No. 1.
Her self-titled 2006 album sold gold, and held another No. 1 single in R&B/Hip-Hop chart topper “When I See U." The 2010 "Back to Me" debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart and No. 2 on the Top 200 Albums, and featured hit single "Bittersweet," for which she won the Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song.
Her fourth studio disc, 2013's "Side Effects of You" debuted in the same positions on the albums charts, and held Top 40 hits in the title track, "Lose to Win" and "Without Me." Her 2016 "The Definition of..." debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, No. 2 on the Overall Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart. Hits from that included "No Time For It," "Sleeping With the One I Love" and "When I Met You." In 2017, she released "Christmas After Midnight," featuring winter and holiday-themed soul, jazz, funk, and blues covers. It went to No. 3 on Billboard's Holiday Albums chart.
She's also worked in TV, film and theater, playing Aretha Franklin in "American Dreams," taking small roles in sitcoms, and co-writing and singing "The Butler" theme song, "In the Middle of the Night." Fantasia starred in lengthy runs on Broadway's "The Color Purple" and "After Midnight." Her best-selling autobiography, "Life is Not a Fairytale," was adapted into a Lifetime Network movie, in which she played herself.
In June 2014, Fantasia performed at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater.
Milwaukee-born and Washington D.C.-raised Durrell Babbs turned down an offer to play college football, in order to focus on music. Tank's 2001 debut album "Force of Nature" sold gold, and his seven subsequent studio albums all charted; the most recent is fall 2017's "Savage." His top-selling singles include "Maybe I Deserve," "Please Don't Go," "Emergency," "Next Breath" and "When We."
Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 show Sept. 28. Tickets, starting at $20, $39.50, $49.50, $59.50 and $99.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Aug. 17, through the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater box office, Ticketmaster.com, and by phone at 800-745-3000.