Fantasia to release 'Christmas After Midnight' album, announces new tour

Although it's only October, R&B star Fantasia is already gearing up for the holidays. On Oct. 6, the "American Idol" alum will release Christmas After Midnight, a 12-track holiday album featuring classics like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" and “The Christmas Song.” The “American Idol” alum also included the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Cee-Lo Green, who released his own holiday album in 2012. Christmas After Midnight will also celebrate Fantasia’s late grandmother, as well as past childhood Christmases.

“I’m so excited for my first Christmas album," Fantasia said in a statement published by ThisIsRnB. “My grandmother Addie Collins’ birthday was on Christmas Day. I will never forget how she would put up the prettiest Christmas trees and lights. But more importantly, I’ll never forget the impact she had on me and everyone else around her this time of year. She was a loving woman who helped all her grandchildren understand the true meaning of the holiday, its impact on our spirituality and character, as well as the importance of recognizing the value of family and significant relationships. This album is dedicated to her, so as she would always say, ‘Keep giving the gift of giving.'”

Fantasia also pays respect to the singers who've influenced her style, like Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, whose inspiration can be heard in her music and seen in her performances.

Fantasia will kick off the Christmas After Midnight Tour in Montgomery, Ala. on Oct. 29 and play venues including the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta on Nov. 26, St. Louis' Peabody Opera House on Dec. 1 and Washington D.C's The Anthem on Dec. 9. Grab tickets to those dates here ​​​​​and check out all the dates below. 

Oct. 29 - Montgomery, AL - Garrett Coliseum
Nov. 25 - Nashville, TN - Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Nov. 26 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Performing Arts (Click here for tickets)
Nov. 28 - Chicago, IL - Symphony Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 01 - St. Louis, MO, Peabody Opera House (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 02 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 06 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 09 - Washington, D.C. - The Anthem (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 10 - Baltimore, MD - The Modell Lyric (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 13 - New York, N.Y. - Apollo Theater (Click here for tickets)
Dec. 14 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fillmore