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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 Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

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    Grammy Awards 2014
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    R&B and Soul Mix

    R&B and Soul Mix
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    2 songs

    Traditional Gospel

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