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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

    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    3 songs

    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
    8 songs

    R&B Smooth Jams

    2 songs

    Traditional Gospel

    1 song

Albums by

Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   When I See U
  3.   Bittersweet
  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.   Sleeping with the One I Love
  12.   Lose to Win
  13.   Collard Greens & Cornbread
  14.   I Made It by Tye Tribbett
  15.   Only One U
  16.   I'm Doin' Me
  17.   Baby Mama
  18.   Get It Right
  19.   I Believe
  20.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  21.   When I Met You
  22.   I Feel Beautiful
  23.   In the Middle of the Night
  24.   Summertime
  25.   To the Heavens
  26.   Even Angels
  27.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  28.   Good Lovin'
  29.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  30.   Got Me Waiting
  31.   Ain't All Bad
  32.   Move On Me
  33.   Man of the House
  34.   Falling In Love Tonight
  35.   I'm Not That Type
  36.   Two Weeks Notice
  37.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  38.   Sunshine
  39.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  40.   It's All Good
  41.   Crazy
  42.   So Blue
  43.   Arabaribiti
  44.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  45.   So Much to Prove
  46.   Trust Him
  47.   Not the Way I Do
  48.   Surround U
  49.   You Were Always on My Mind
  50.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  51.   Stay Up by Stacy Barthe
  52.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  53.   Change Your Mind
  54.   Don't Act Right
  55.   Roller Coasters by Aloe Blacc
  56.   Ugly
  57.   Forward Ever
  58.   Congratulations
  59.   End of Me
  60.   Side Effects of You
  61.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  62.   This Is Me
  63.   Chain of Fools
  64.   Lonely Legend
  65.   Alice Street
  66.   Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm
  67.   Worthy Worthy
  68.   Lighthouse
  69.   Cervecita Blanca
  70.   The Thrill Is Gone
  71.   I'm Here
  72.   Uneligible
  73.   Baby Makin' Hips
  74.   What Christmas Means to Me
  75.   Wait for You
  76.   Go on and Dance to the Music
  77.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  78.   Jesu La O Ma Sin
  79.   Moji Layo
  80.   If I Was a Bird
  81.   Teach Me
  82.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  83.   In Deep
  84.   Fantasia Carnival Medley
  85.   Vamos a Bailar