fantasia-american-idol_web.jpgMIAMI — Fantasia.No, we’re not talking the animated film produced by Walt Disney. This would be the Fantasia Barrino, who as a 19-year-old with her renditions of the Ike and Tina Turner classic Proud Mary, and a tearful rendition of Summertime from Porgy and Bess, won the third season of the  American Idol competition in 2004 by, let’s see, oh, more than a million votes.

That Fantasia — the one whose first single I Believe became the first single ever to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, whose debut album Free Yourself released in November 2004 sold more than a million copies within two months of release and generated three top 20 R&B singles and three Grammy Awards nominations — is heading to the James L. Knight Center for a performance Friday, Aug. 2, 8 p.m. Also on the show is soulful singer/songwriter Avant, the masterful crooner whose seventh album, Face the Music — inspired by such R&B legends as Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Luther Vandross and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds — was released in February.

The Knight Center is at 400 S.E. Second Ave. in Miami.

Tickets start at $49.50, to purchase visit For other information visit or call 800-745-3000 305-416-5976.