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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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    '00s R&B
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    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    8 songs

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    3 songs

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    2 songs

    Traditional Gospel

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