Fantasia of ‘American Idol’ fame, Keith Sweat to headline Winter Park Jazz Festival |

Fantasia of ‘American Idol’ fame, Keith Sweat to headline Winter Park Jazz Festival

Fantasia Barrino, winner of the fourth season of FOX's "American Idol," will headline the 2018 Winter Park Jazz Festival.
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The lineup for the 36th Annual Winter Park Jazz Festival has been released, featuring a star-studded cast of some of the nation’s most accomplished R&B and jazz musicians. The festival will take place on July 21 and 22 at Hideaway Park in downtown Winter Park.

The festival kicks off on Saturday, July 21 with former “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino headlining a group that includes Sheila E., Norman Brown, Eric Darius and Mary Louise Lee.

Fantasia broke onto the scene in 2004 when she won the fourth season of FOX’s singing competition, “American Idol.” Since then she’s released six albums and cemented herself as one of R&B’s biggest names. Last year she was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Performance for “Sleeping With The One I Love” at the Grammy Awards, Outstanding Female Artist at the NAACP Image Awards, the Best Gospel/Inspirational Award and Centric Award at the BET Awards.

On Sunday, July 22, Keith Sweat headlines a lineup featuring Boney James, Damien Escobar, Avery Sunshine and Dotsero.

Sweat has been making music since the mid-1970s, making his solo debut in 1984 and dropping his first album, “Make It Last Forever,” in 1987. Since then he’s released more than 15 albums, including his most recent, 2016’s “Dress to Impress.” During that time he was also named Favorite Male R&B/Soul Artist at the American Music Awards, and was given a Soultrain Lifetime Achievement Award.

Tickets for the festival are available now through Altitude Tickets, and can be found on the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce website.

General admission tickets are going for $55, while VIP options are going for $75 each day.

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