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Fantasia says her grandmother inspired new Christmas album

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Fantasia has released her first Christmas album.

Fantasia has released her first Christmas album.

If you’d like to listen to new Christmas music in mid-October, a former American Idol winner has the answer.

If you’d like to watch one of Idol’s all-time great vocalists sing Christmas classics live …

Fantasia has that covered as well.

If you missed it, Fantasia released her first Christmas album Friday.

“Christmas After Midnight” features her take on “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Silent Night” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.”

Her 12-track album also features a duet with Cee Lo Green on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”

Fantasia has also announced a Christmas tour with stops already planned in Washington, Philly and Baltimore.

She’ll be playing The Anthem in D.C. on Dec. 9, the Modell Lyric in Baltimore on Dec. 10 and The Filmore in Philly on Dec. 14.

You can check all the tour dates on her website. More are expected to be announced.

In a press release about the new album, Fantasia said it’s dedicated to her grandmother, Addie Collins, who birthday was on Christmas.

“I will never forget how she would put up the prettiest Christmas trees and lights” Fantasia says in that release. “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.”

Here’s Fantasia’s “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” duet with Cee Lo Green.

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