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I dedicated it to my grandma: Fantasia talks about the woman who inspired her Christmas album


Derek BlanksWith Fantasia‘s first-ever holiday album, Christmas After Midnight, out now, the American Idol winner tells Yahoo Music that her late grandmother, Addie Collins, is the reason she recorded the disc in the first place.

Fantasia says, “My grandmother always played music during the holidays, all day long, all day long. She made sure there was always music playing through the house, keeping that Christmas spirit.” 

“That is what I wanted to do with this album, and to go back in time. I’ve dedicated this album to her, and I prayed over this album,” Fantasia adds.   

“I said, ‘With this album, let families come back together again, because they’re breaking up.'”

Since gaining inspiration from her late grandma to record Christmas After Midnight, Fantasia says she hopes the album will leave listeners “encouraged — because they’re not right now.” 

“She [my grandmother] was so special to me, because we left me with something,” she says. 

“That’s what we need more now in this world, in this day and time. We need men and women to stand up and lead our young people, and leave them with something, leave them inspired.”  

You can buy Christmas After Midnight via the Pledge Music website

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