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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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    R&B Smooth Jams
    2 songs

    '00s R&B

    '00s R&B
    6 songs

    '00s Pop

    '00s Pop
    1 song

    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
    3 songs

    Traditional Gospel

    1 song

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