Especially following a weak performance of Ashford & Simpson’s “Solid as a Rock” from Naima Adedapo and Jacob Lusk, Fantasia’s utter control of the mic and her voice stood in stark contrast. Take a lesson, kids.
And she brought that little bit of Fantasia weird that we grew to know and love seven years ago (has it been that long?!). The song started out with a melody that evoked The Supremes’ “Heaven Must’ve Sent You from Above,” (which has us wondering why Fantasia didn’t perform during Motown week instead of the incongruous Sugarland) but quickly morphed into a song that was pure Fantasia.
Look for Barrino next on the big screen, playing gospel singer Mahalia Jackson.