The headliner, whose full name is Fantasia Monique Barrino, cut a single after her victory in 2004, "I Believe," that debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Her first album, "Free Yourself," went platinum and earned three Grammy nominations, and also yielded a hit in the title single.
Her self-titled 2006 disc featured the No. 1 R&B/Hip-Hop chart hit "When I See U," and several subsequent songs have charted, while her discs "Back to Me" (2010) and "Side Effects of You" (2013) went gold and hit No. 1 on R&B album charts. In 2011, she won a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the hit "Bittersweet."
Fantasia began acting with an episode of "American Dreams," playing Aretha Franklin, and taking on small roles in sitcoms. She moved to a much larger stage in 2006, playing the lead of Celie in the Broadway musical version of Alice Walker's "The Color Purple." When she announced the role with appearances on "American Idol" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show," ticket sales shot up by more than two million in one week. After a long run in "The Color Purple," she returned to recording, but last year began a Broadway stint in the musical "After Midnight," which she recently ended.
Joe Lewis Thomas lived in Opelika before moving to New Jersey to pursue a musical career. Four of his albums have gone gold or platinum, and he's had Top Ten R&B hits including "All The Things (Your Man Won't Do)," "Don't Wanna Be a Player," "Thank God I Found You" (with Mariah Carey and 98 Degrees), "I Wanna Know" and "Stutter" (featuring Mystikal). Last fall, Joe and Fantasia released a duet titled "Love & Sex."
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. March 7, and will be $39, $49 and $75 at the amphitheater box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
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