Fantasia Taylor has joy in her life and it was felt on the Filene Center Wolf Trap stage, Friday, 8/19. Mrs. Taylor, in a tailored, dark cut-out shirt dress, fishnets and an asymmetrical curly bob, informed the audience that she missed the stage and how grateful she was to be back. The knee high boots stayed on longer than needed before Fantasia’s stage hand helped remove them and she suggested the audience do the same to get comfortable. Her voice and spirit were as vibrant and strong as the first time the world heard her on American Idol in 2004. She can transverse through moods and different genres with ease. Her rapport with her fans is unmatched as she was very comfortable reaching out to them during her performance, sharing the mike and pulling a very enthusiastic dancer onstage. She even bid him farewell with a kiss on the cheek. The Grammy winning songstress beautifully performed her top hits, including music she grew up with, “the music that has some meat and potatoes to it”, including her renditions of “Marmalade”, “Give Me Something Good” and “Nasty Girl”.
Fantasia is touring the country throughout the year, including stops in Indiana, Detroit, Florida, New Jersey and ending in New York. After touring, Fantasia will be readying for the release of the movie “The Color Purple” in 2023, where she is Celie, the same character she played onstage more than ten years ago. She also recently released “No Crowns in the Castle”, a book with her husband and businessman, Kendall Taylor, where they share how the couple built a harmonious relationship and life. Singer, actress, author, mother and wife, Fantasia proves having it all includes kindness, love, and humility.
About Wolf Trap
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, produces and presents a full range of performance and education programs in the Greater Washington area, as well as nationally. Wolf Trap features three performance venues: the outdoor Filene Center and Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, both located at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, and The Barns at Wolf Trap, located down the road from the national park and adjacent to the Center for Education at Wolf Trap. The 7,028-seat Filene Center is operated in partnership with the National Park Service and annually showcases an extensive array of diverse artists, ranging from pop, country, folk, and blues to classical music, dance, and theatre, as well as multimedia presentations, from May through September. The Barns at Wolf Trap is operated by Wolf Trap Foundation year-round, and during the summer months is home to the Grammy-nominated Wolf Trap Opera, one of America’s outstanding professional training programs for early career opera singers. Wolf Trap’s education programs include the nationally acclaimed Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, a diverse array of arts education classes, grants, and a nationally recognized internship program.
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