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