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