The father of American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino has quit his job as a truck driver to start his own record label which will "return to the roots" of the Barrino family.

JOE BARRINO, who has worked as a truck driver for the past 15 years, says the label's first effort will be a gospel record to include assistance from his nephews, former JODECI stars K-CI and JoJo, and his own sons who are in a group called infinity.

Joe also hopes to put out some R+B and country records, and establish an entertainment industry in the family's hometown of High Point, North Carolina.

He says, "The door is open. We can do everything we need to do right here... Let's be a Hollywood. Let's be an Atlanta. Let's be a New York. Let's be a Chicago. Why can't we do it? These are our plans."

Joe, who will serve as CEO, producer and arranger for the company, has already started looking for office space and has spoken to officials at the local GUILFORD TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE about starting a training program for those interested in the technical side of the entertainment industry.

27/07/2004 21:19