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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
    1 song

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    R&B and Soul Mix
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    Grammy Awards 2014

    Grammy Awards 2014
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    2 songs

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Top Songs by

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