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Fantasia Barrino may have won the third season of American Idol with "I Believe," but it was her passionate take on George Gershwin's "Summertime" that had everyone talking for weeks. Confident to a degree that she could be considered brash, Barrino at first glance seemed an unlikely candidate to take the teen-oriented show's title, but with her dynamic gospel-tinged voice that never failed her, she not only became the Idol judges' obvious favorite, but the American public's, too. She debuted with a platinum album and remained with a major label longer than most other Idol stars and R&B singers. Born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, Barrino fell in love with music through the recordings of Monica, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, P!nk, and -- in keeping with her diversity -- Aerosmith. Being a 19-year-old single mother and an Idol finalist had some of the media mumbling and sneering, but the always certain Barrino paid no mind. Becoming a mother at the age of 17 focused Barrino and gave her the strength and drive to audition for the show in Atlanta. Out of 70,000 hopefuls, Barrino earned her way to the top by adjusting her style to whatever genre was thrown at her. Upon beating runner-up Diana DeGarmo, Barrino's first words as American Idol 2004 were "I broke my shoe!" Numerous appearances on talk shows and a cameo on the television show American Dreams -- playing the role of her beloved Aretha Franklin -- followed. Barrino made history when she became the first artist ever to debut at number one with her first single, "I Believe" -- written by Idol alum Tamyra Gray. J Records released her full-length debut, Free Yourself, in November 2004. Also featuring two Top Five R&B/Hip-Hop hits, it went platinum, and its lead single won a Billboard Music Award for Top Selling Single of the Year. Barrino was also nominated for three Grammy Awards. A year later her autobiography, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, appeared and was turned into a film directed by Debbie Allen; it premiered on the Lifetime cable network in 2006. Her sophomore effort, simply titled Fantasia, landed that December. It debuted at number 19 on the Billboard 200 and eventually went gold. Back to Me, released in August 2010, was led by a pair of Chuck Harmony-produced singles in "I'm Doin' Me" (number 11, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop) and "Bittersweet" (number seven, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop). She gave birth to her second child, a son, in December 2011. The singer's fourth album, Side Effects of You, was released in April 2013. Big K.R.I.T., Kelly Rowland, and Missy Elliott made guest appearances on the set, driven by the Commodores-sampling "Lose to Win." ~ David Jeffries
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Stations Featuring

    R&B Slow Jams

    R&B Slow Jams
    2 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    8 songs

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   When I See U
  3.   Free Yourself
  4.   Truth Is
  5.   Without Me
  6.   Bittersweet
  7.   I'm Doin' Me
  8.   I Nominate U
  9.   Hood Boy
  10.   Supernatural featuring Big K.R.I.T.
  11.   Only One U
  12.   Lose to Win
  13.   Collard Greens & Cornbread
  14.   I Believe
  15.   Baby Mama
  16.   Get It Right
  17.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  18.   Two Weeks Notice
  19.   I Feel Beautiful
  20.   Sunshine
  21.   Side Effects of You
  22.   Got Me Waiting
  23.   Even Angels
  24.   In the Middle of the Night
  25.   Teach Me
  26.   So Much to Prove
  27.   Summertime
  28.   Forward Ever
  29.   Trust Him
  30.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  31.   Falling In Love Tonight
  32.   You Were Always on My Mind
  33.   Man of the House
  34.   Chain of Fools
  35.   Good Lovin'
  36.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  37.   It's All Good
  38.   Ain't All Bad
  39.   I'm Not That Type
  40.   This Is Me
  41.   Not the Way I Do
  42.   The Thrill Is Gone
  43.   I'm Here
  44.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  45.   Don't Act Right
  46.   End of Me
  47.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  48.   If I Was a Bird
  49.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  50.   Move On Me
  51.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  52.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  53.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  54.   Worthy Worthy
  55.   Arabaribiti
  56.   Moji Layo
  57.   To the Heavens
  58.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  59.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  60.   Lighthouse
  61.   Surround U
  62.   Uneligible
  63.   Jesu La O Ma Sin
  64.   Change Your Mind
  65.   Baby Makin' Hips
  66.   Cervecita Blanca
  67.   In Deep
  68.   Congratulations
  69.   Dreams
  70.   [Ringtone]
  71.   Lapiz
  72.   Hood Boy
  73.   Visions of Love
  74.   Free Yourself by Missy Elliott

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