I, for one, am all for unorthodox ministry. Every time I hear Fantasia Barrino sing, I feel as though that is exactly what she is doing: unorthodox ministry. Back in June, a Facebook Live video that Fantasia posted went viral across the social media platform with her and her background singers in ten minutes of pure worship. She begins the video wiping her eyes with tissue and states: “this one of those days when you’re tired, you’re away from your family, and he just came right in the room and got on the piano” (talking about one of her musicians). The melody of the keys already sends out chills before a word is even sung, that is how you know some praise is about to go down. Fantasia’s song Necessary, which is not on her album The Definition Of, does not have many words but it doesn’t need to:
“I am who I am today,
Because God used my mistakes.
He worked it for my good,
Like no one else ever could.
God told me to tell you,
It was necessary.”
We are all familiar with the media frenzy behind Fantasia’s admittance to illiteracy, her relationship with a married man, and her being stigmatized as a teenage mother, but I am very much aware of the God that Fantasia serves and he doesn’t care about ANY OF THAT.
The only difference between Fantasia and many of us women is that she is always in the public eye while most of us can get away with our dirt in private – free of judgment and persecution. Unfortunately, Fantasia hasn’t and will never get that same luxury. If it’s anything that I’ve learned about Fantasia:
- Music is her ministry. She doesn’t just create music for the sake of collecting checks. She is using her platform to build relationships and connect souls to the main source. She isn’t just a good singer, she is an anointed songstress. There is power and purpose in that voice of hers. The stage is like an altar because that is where she lays it all out. As my pastor would say, “let your worship be your work and your work be your worship”
- Relevant Scripture: “So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God” – 1 Corinthians 10:31
- She owned up to her flaws and mistakes: She was very candid about the things that she’s gone through including getting pregnant as a teenager and dropping out of highschool, sexual abuse, and illiteracy in Life is not a FairyTale: The Fantasia Barrino Story. Even the huge media frenzy behind her suicide attempt in 2010 after going through her relationship with Antwone Cook (which out of respect for Fantasia, that is where I will leave it). It takes a lot of courage to expose yourself to so many people that may or may not accept those past flaws, famous or not.
- Relevant Scripture: “Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth much in its working” James 5:16
- She’s a Rider for her Family: She always speaks so highly of her grandmother, mother and her brothers (all of which are musicians)*Fun Fact: Her brother is Ricco Barrino and K-Ci and Jo Jo are her first cousins.* She comes from a bomb music-making family, but the elders in her family did a good job of laying down the foundation of Christ. She is an amazing mother to her two children and speaks highly of her husband as her lover and protector. In a recent interview with Mario Mic Man Streetz of 103.3 on Buck TV, she says, “I thank God for Him. He came into my life and won’t let nobody get over on me no more”.
- Relevant scripture: “Train a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” – Proverbs 22:6
- She is a care-free and unapologetic Black women: That is something we all as women should strive to be. Care-free and unapologetic in the sense that we are more than well aware of God’s will for our lives that not one person, not one instance, and not one mistake can hinder that. From her shoeless performances to her newest tattoo to her 90’s inspired, slayed haircut: Auntie Tasia is giving you all of her whether you accept it or not.
- Relevant Scripture: “Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men” – Romans 14:18
Titi Tasia has grown immensely since her first debut on American Idol back in 2004. Our experiences may not be identical but all of us women share similar experiences with Fantasia that make us the women that we are today. Coupled with God’s grace, our testimonies are being strengthened each and every single day. I wouldn’t be surprised that within the next couple of years, we will be hearing a full-fledged gospel album by Fantasia. She’s giving you a taste of it more and more with her music like the song Necessary and I Made It ft. Tye Tribbet which is on The Definition Of. I am beyond proud of and happy for Fantasia and in pure admiration of her testimony. If you haven’t seen the Facebook Live video, catch it here: