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