I just got off the phone with my good friend Dennis Reed (the musical genius behind Dabbin’ Granny’s 12-0 song), and I’m now in tears.
Dennis has been touring with Fantasia (the multi-platinum, Grammy winning, American Idol winner – who also happens to be a local Charlottean) over the past few months, helping out in the dressing room, and with whatever else was needed. He told me that last week he was hanging out with Fantasia’s back-up singers backstage when he got on the piano and began to play an old gospel song that he wrote over 10 years ago. When Fantasia walked in the room, she was so touched by the song that she decided to record it on Facebook Live.
To everyone’s surprise, the video exploded – it was viewed over 10 million times, and shared over 300,000 times. Dennis told me that his song on iTunes also blew up – “Necessary” by Dennis Reed & Gap became the #1 downloaded song in the world on iTunes in 1 day.
and then the testimonies started coming in…
Here is the original video that started it all (watch the entire 10 minutes);
Fantasia Barrino is about to release her 4th studio album next month as she wraps up her sold-out national tour. It’s truly a new season for the American Idol star who has had her share of trials through the years. The song “Necessary” is the perfect storm of her story of triumph and hope for others going through tough times.
Fantasia and Anthony Hamilton will both be closing their tour with an epic concert next Sunday (June 19th) in Charlotte at the Bojangles Coliseum.
For more information or for tickets to the show click here.