LOS ANGELES — She's won "American Idol," kissed Jamie Foxx and shared her life story with the world. Now Fantasia can check another dream off of her list: The singer has collaborated with her American idol, Aretha Franklin.
"She's my idol, and I've always wanted to do something with her," Fantasia said last week. "Actually, she wanted to meet me when I was on the 'Idol' show and I was nervous and I didn't want to meet her, but I'm ready now. I'm better now, and it's an honor and a blessing to get to perform with such an awesome woman. She's a legend."
The title of the track is being kept under wraps, but the song's producers said it will likely be released on both Fantasia's and Aretha's upcoming albums.
"It's going to be an event record," said Harvey Mason Jr. of the production duo the Underdogs. "They're both going at it back and forth. It's great."
Franklin joins a list of stars contributing to Fantasia's Free Yourself follow-up, which also includes Kanye West, Missy Elliott and Ne-Yo (see "A Lot Of Lovin', A Lot Of Livin' Shaping Fantasia's Next LP").
"We're still in the studio, but it's gonna be a lot different from the first album," Fantasia said. "I'm not in love. I'm not trying to be in love. I'm not hurt. I'm bad now."
Fantasia — who showed off her new bad self by smooching Jamie Foxx at the BET Awards (see "Eminem Joins Busta Onstage, Jamie Foxx Smooches Fantasia At BET Awards") — has yet to settle on a title, but has an idea in mind.
"We're going with that old soul, young girl thing," she explained. "Everybody always tells me I have an old soul and I sing like somebody from back in the day, so Young Girl, Old Soul, something like that."
Fantasia expects the yet-undetermined first single to hit the airwaves in August, just in time for her acting debut. The singer stars as herself in "Fame" director Debbie Allen's "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story," which premieres August 19 on Lifetime.
"I took my life and used it as a testimony," Fantasia said. "It was fun because I've never acted a day in my life. I missed my music, but it was fun."