A Fantasia show isn't just a concert, it's an experience, and she brought that experience to the 2017 Summer Spirit Festival. The American Idol winner has come a long way since her stint on the competition. She's a grown woman who has learned from her mistakes, grown in her faith and upgraded her situation. That was all apparent watching her in action at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. Fantasia looked incredible styled in a short, cropped blonde wig and tribal print unitard with sparkly fringed sleeves. Her outfit made quite a statement, but it was her singing that really caught everyone's attention.
Fantasia had us at hello with her first song "Free Yourself." That soulful banger set the tone, and she kept the momentum high with a rousing cover of Karyn White's empowering anthem "Superwoman" that led into her own boy bye anthem "Without Me." Tasia was in a zone, and she kicked her shoes off to let us know she came to play no games as she segued into her next selection, "No Time For It." After working up a sweat and her heart rate, she cooled things down a bit with "Truth Is." From that lovelorn track, Fantasia dug deep in the crates for a stunning trio of covers: Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit," George Gershwin's "Summertime" and Ike Turner and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary." With that last cover, Barrino and her background singers served Tina Turner and The Ikettes realness with their energetic choreography. The ladies continued showing out on flips of go-go favorites "Da Butt" by EU and "Overnight Scenario" by Rare Essence before flying high with their version of "The Bird" that would have made Morris Day and The Time proud.
After that vocal and physical workout, the only thing left for Fantasia to do was take everyone to church, which is precisely what she did. Deaconess Barrino led the congregation by singing "Total Praise," and she absolutely slayed the gospel song. Not only did she sing like a champion church mother, but Fantasia started testifying and preaching up in the Merriweather Post Pavilion. It might have been Saturday night, but she had it feeling like Sunday morning.