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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 "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." ~ David Jeffries
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    R&B Smooth Jams
    3 songs

    New R&B First

    New R&B First
    1 song

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    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Grammy Awards 2014

    3 songs

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