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Fantasia Performs for BET Live Concert, Talks New Album & Overcoming Suicidal Thoughts

by Wanda J Coppage   Aug 2, 2016 13:49 PM EDT

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The album Fantasia (Barrino) fought for is finally here! The Definition Of... was released last week and the vocalist took to the BET stage to perform cuts off the album that sparked dark memories of when she contemplated suicide and dealt with drama but now has "No Time For It."

Barrino, whose powerful southern-twang styled vocals, were first introduced to the world on the set of the singing competition show American Idol, has pushed through a lot in her life and is now telling that story through her 5th studio album, The Definition Of... . The 11-track album was released on July 29 and features the lead single "No Time For It," followed by "Sleeping With The One I Love," which she recently performed on the premiere episode of the BET Exclusive new live concert series according to Billboard.

During an up close and personal segment of the exclusive series, Barrino spoke candidly of how her personal life influenced the album title.

"I feel like at this point, after all that I've been through, I'm the definition of strength, of love - a fighter," explained the North Carolina native.


Barrino battled with depression in past years and in 2010, as reported by Billboard, the 32-year-old attempted suicide by consuming a bottle of aspirin. Many drama-filled situations and media headlines on her personal life took her over the edge and transformed her into "a broken woman." With the help of daily affirmations, she used to encouraged herself like, "you are strong," "you are wise," and daily reading of the bible.

The mother of two overcame her demons and found love; which is what she says this album is all about. "At this point in my life, love is all in my album," explained the "Free Yourself" singer. "It'll take you on a musical journey." That journey consists of songs like "Ugly," "Stay Up," featuring Stacy Barthe and gospel music, with songs like "I Made It" featuring gospel artist Tye Tribbett.  Barrino described "I Made It" as the track that has the most meaning to her on the album in that it has become her "ah hah" song to those who spoke negatively about her in her past or have wronged her in anyway.

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