North Carolina native Fantasia broke on to the scene in 2004 as the season three winner of Fox’s “American Idol.” Later that year, she released her platinum-selling debut album Free Yourself and became 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. On July 29, 2016, Fantasia released her fifth studio album, The Definition Of…. The album debuted at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, #2 on the Overall Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and #6 on the Billboard 200 chart. The high chart entries mark Fantasia’s third consecutive #1 R&B album debut, her fourth top ten debut on the Billboard 200, and earned her another Grammy nomination for “Best Traditional R&B Performance.”
In an effort to show her fans love and thank them for their constant support, Fantasia has toured non-stop since the beginning of her career. In addition to selling out headline tours across the country, the Grammy Award winner has shared the stage with the likes of Anthony Hamilton, Maxwell and Andrea Bocelli.
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. Fantasia released her first holiday album Christmas After Midnight via her own imprint Rock Soul Entertainment, in partnership with Concord Records. Produced by Ron Fair, the 12-track album features covers of holiday favorites including “This Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” which features vocals from CeeLo Green.
On the music scene for over ten years, Joe is considered a hometown favourite; that 'guy next door', who writes songs that speak to the core of every relationship.
As a musician, songwriter and today as a label executive, Joe stands firm in delivering audiences his style… his 'Signature'. Never falling short with his classic melodic style that lingers in our subconscious minds; penetrating our thoughts as never-ending sound waves. Signature is the second release from 563 Entertainment/Kedar Entertainment Group, and as label partner and executive Kedar Massenburg notes, "JOE's unique style and signature elevates; I'm still amazed at how Joe consistently brings it on each recording, giving exactly what you know him for."
True to form, this is Joe; and 'Signature' is a true representation of his style, as one of a kind, his rhythms are coming from the core of his music repertoire. On the debut single Majic, Joe comes with a classic groove, but stylised to perfection, with a rhythmic flow only Joe can do effortlessly. Adding to the collection of sound, Joe created musical layers to help accompany the vocal arrangements on the Signature album, which is different from past recordings; as he incorporates musicians who are able to capture a higher level of instrumentation that can only be achieved in live recordings.
None of which can be missed in songs like Worst Case Scenario, I Wanna Be Your Lover and Friends Don't Let Friends, where Joe details the delicacy of needing a friend as a lover just for the night, as the horns play ever so softly underneath. Pulling from legendary musical influences, Joe provides listeners with stability of sound, something missing in the fast technological world of music. Joe is able to consider his sources and provides comfort and ease for listeners to feel confident in what they love. Joe presents a style untouched or tainted…only enhanced and delivered in his own classic 'Signature'.
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