Fantasia Gears For First Headlining Tour

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[Entertainment: Music]

Fantasia's 30-city tour arrives in New York City Dec 27 at the Beacon Theatre. The J Records recording artist launched the tour, "Back To Me,"  November 4th in Richmond, VA and will conclude by bringing in the New Year on January 1st in St. Louis, MO.

The “Back To Me” tour will also include three-time Grammy Award nominee Eric Benet and Grammy Award winning singer,songwriter,producer Kandi. Subscribers of Fantasia’s newsletter can take advantage of concert tickets pre-sales one day prior to general public on sale dates.  The first round of pre-sales for selected dates will begin on September 30th from 10:00am-10:00pm.  Fans can signup for the newsletter at for up-to-date tour information and future pre-sale opportunities.

The eight-time Grammy nominee began this tour after the critically acclaimed release of her third studio album, Back To Me which debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Albums chart and #2 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 

Back To Me also marks Fantasia’s first #1 R&B album and her highest Billboard Top 200 chart ranking. While Fantasia’s first single “Bittersweet” maintained its #1 position for five weeks on the Urban Adult Radio R&B Airplay chart, her new single “I’m Doin’ Me,” was one of the most added singles to Urban radio last week.  Along with the success of Back To Me, Fantasia’s second season of her VH1 reality show “Fantasia for Real” premiered on September 19th with over 1 million viewers according to Nielsen ratings.

After beautifully performed appearances on Good Morning America, Lopez Tonight, Live! With Regis and Kelly, 106 & Park and The Wendy Williams Show, Fantasia will continue to mesmerize audiences with her supreme vocal talents and engaging live performances.  “I’m so excited about this tour and having the chance to connect with my fans, the people that love me and have been supporting me through everything. This tour is going to be a real special, intimate experience for them and for me," she said. 

In 2004, the High Point, North Carolina native became the season three winner of Fox’s American Idol.  Later that year, Fantasia released her platinum-selling debut album Free Yourself on J Records 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 second single, “Truth Is,” spent 14 weeks at #1, thus making her the first singer to simultaneously have two of the top three songs on the Billboard chart.  Fantasia’s 2006 eponymous second album featured the #1 R&B single, “When I See U,” and reached gold status. 

In addition to being an eight-time Grammy-nominated singer, in 2005 Fantasia authored her first memoir, Life is Not a Fairytale and made her acting debut starring as herself in the Lifetime television movie based on the book.  In 2007, Fantasia continued her acting career and received rave reviews for her portrayal of “Celie” in the Broadway play The Color Purple.

The remaining “Back To Me” tour dates are as follows:
Thur Dec 2 Dallas, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie    
Fri Dec 3 Southaven, MS DeSoto Civic Center    
Sat Dec 4 New Orleans, LA Kiefer Uno Lakefront Arena    
Sun Dec 5 Houston, TX Reliant Arena    
Wed Dec 8 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre at Old National Centre   
Thur Dec 9 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre   
Fri Dec 10 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre    
Sat Dec 11 Cincinnati, OH Procter and Gamble at Aronoff Centre    
Sun Dec 12 Augusta, GA Bell Auditorium    
Mon Dec 27 New York City, NY Beacon Theatre   
Tue Dec 28 Washington, D.C. DAR Constitution Hall   
Wed Dec 29 Cleveland, OH State Theatre   
Thu Dec 30 Chicago, IL Auditorium Theatre   
Sat Jan 1 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre 

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