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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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Stations Featuring

    R&B Smooth Jams

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