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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 the Grammy-winning "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." In July 2016, following a co-headlining tour with Anthony Hamilton, Barrino released The Definition Of..., her fifth album. ~ David Jeffries
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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   Bittersweet
  3.   When I See U
  4.   Free Yourself
  5.   Truth Is
  6.   Without Me
  7.   I Nominate U
  8.   Hood Boy
  9.   Supernatural featuring Big K.R.I.T.
  10.   Lose to Win
  11.   No Time for It
  12.   Collard Greens & Cornbread
  13.   Sleeping with the One I Love
  14.   I Made It by Tye Tribbett
  15.   I'm Doin' Me
  16.   Only One U
  17.   I Believe
  18.   Baby Mama
  19.   Get It Right
  20.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  21.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  22.   Alice Street
  23.   Even Angels
  24.   Got Me Waiting
  25.   Two Weeks Notice
  26.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  27.   I Feel Beautiful
  28.   This Is Me
  29.   What Christmas Means to Me
  30.   Side Effects of You
  31.   Good Lovin'
  32.   Stay Up by Stacy Barthe
  33.   Moji Layo
  34.   End of Me
  35.   Surround U
  36.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  37.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  38.   Man of the House
  39.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  40.   Summertime
  41.   Wait for You
  42.   When I Met You
  43.   Fantasia Carnival Medley
  44.   In the Middle of the Night
  45.   To the Heavens
  46.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  47.   In Deep
  48.   If I Was a Bird
  49.   Trust Him
  50.   Teach Me
  51.   I'm Here
  52.   Falling In Love Tonight
  53.   I'm Not That Type
  54.   You Were Always on My Mind
  55.   Don't Act Right
  56.   Not the Way I Do
  57.   Lonely Legend
  58.   Crazy
  59.   So Blue
  60.   Change Your Mind
  61.   So Much to Prove
  62.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  63.   Ain't All Bad
  64.   The Thrill Is Gone
  65.   Move On Me
  66.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  67.   Chain of Fools
  68.   Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm
  69.   Cervecita Blanca
  70.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  71.   Uneligible
  72.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  73.   Sunshine
  74.   It's All Good
  75.   Lighthouse
  76.   Vamos a Bailar
  77.   Roller Coasters by Aloe Blacc
  78.   Ugly
  79.   Go on and Dance to the Music
  80.   Jesu La O Ma Sin
  81.   Arabaribiti
  82.   Congratulations
  83.   Baby Makin' Hips
  84.   Forward Ever
  85.   Worthy Worthy