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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 Smooth Jams

    R&B Smooth Jams
    2 songs

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    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.   No Time For It
  8.   I'm Doin' Me
  9.   I Nominate U
  10.   Hood Boy
  11.   Supernatural featuring Big K.R.I.T.
  12.   Collard Greens & Cornbread
  13.   Only One U
  14.   Lose to Win
  15.   I Believe
  16.   Baby Mama
  17.   Get It Right
  18.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  19.   Two Weeks Notice
  20.   I Feel Beautiful
  21.   Got Me Waiting
  22.   Even Angels
  23.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  24.   Teach Me
  25.   This Is Me
  26.   Side Effects of You
  27.   Chain of Fools
  28.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  29.   Summertime
  30.   Move On Me
  31.   Good Lovin'
  32.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  33.   Trust Him
  34.   End of Me
  35.   You Were Always on My Mind
  36.   I'm Not That Type
  37.   In the Middle of the Night
  38.   In Deep
  39.   The Thrill Is Gone
  40.   Man of the House
  41.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  42.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  43.   If I Was a Bird
  44.   Ain't All Bad
  45.   Not the Way I Do
  46.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  47.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  48.   Don't Act Right
  49.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  50.   I'm Here
  51.   Falling In Love Tonight
  52.   It's All Good
  53.   Worthy Worthy
  54.   To the Heavens
  55.   Lighthouse
  56.   Change Your Mind
  57.   So Much to Prove
  58.   Baby Makin' Hips
  59.   Sunshine
  60.   Jesu La O Ma Sin
  61.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  62.   Uneligible
  63.   Surround U
  64.   Cervecita Blanca
  65.   Arabaribiti
  66.   Congratulations
  67.   Forward Ever
  68.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  69.   Moji Layo
  70.   Dreams
  71.   [Ringtone]
  72.   Lapiz
  73.   Hood Boy
  74.   Visions of Love
  75.   Free Yourself by Missy Elliott

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