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Before Fantasia Barrino appeared on the new BET gospel music show “Joyful Noise” on Sunday to perform a duet with host Tye Tribbett of the song he wrote for her, the latter revealed why he decided to create the song for her secular music album.

Fantasia, the 32-year-old Christian “American Idol” alum who’s known for her heart-wrenching R&B music, has been hinting at releasing a Christian song for some time. On her fifth studio album, The Definition Of… that was released in July, the Tribbett penned gospel song “I Made It” appeared among songs about love, heartbreak and finding self worth.

“We’ve been talking about working together for a minute. So when the opportunity came it was kind of like a no brainer,” the Grammy-nominated gospel singer, songwriter and preacher, who’s known for songs like “If He Did It Before/Same God,” said in an interview with The Christian Post

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