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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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  1.   Song
  2.   When I See U
  3.   Bittersweet
  4.   Free Yourself
  5.   Without Me
  6.   Truth Is
  7.   I Nominate U
  8.   Hood Boy
  9.   Supernatural featuring Big K.R.I.T.
  10.   No Time for It
  11.   Lose to Win
  12.   Collard Greens & Cornbread
  13.   Sleeping with the One I Love
  14.   I Made It by Tye Tribbett
  15.   Only One U
  16.   I'm Doin' Me
  17.   Baby Mama
  18.   I Believe
  19.   Get It Right
  20.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  21.   Got Me Waiting
  22.   If I Was a Bird
  23.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  24.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  25.   Two Weeks Notice
  26.   I Feel Beautiful
  27.   Don't Act Right
  28.   When I Met You
  29.   In Deep
  30.   Summertime
  31.   Fantasia Carnival Medley
  32.   In the Middle of the Night
  33.   Lighthouse
  34.   This Is Me
  35.   Good Lovin'
  36.   Falling In Love Tonight
  37.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  38.   Ugly
  39.   Trust Him
  40.   Even Angels
  41.   Not the Way I Do
  42.   You Were Always on My Mind
  43.   Ain't All Bad
  44.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  45.   The Thrill Is Gone
  46.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  47.   Baby Makin' Hips
  48.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  49.   Chain of Fools
  50.   Roller Coasters by Aloe Blacc
  51.   Alice Street
  52.   Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm
  53.   To the Heavens
  54.   End of Me
  55.   So Much to Prove
  56.   Side Effects of You
  57.   Teach Me
  58.   Sunshine
  59.   It's All Good
  60.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  61.   What Christmas Means to Me
  62.   Wait for You
  63.   So Blue
  64.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  65.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  66.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  67.   Cervecita Blanca
  68.   Move On Me
  69.   I'm Here
  70.   I'm Not That Type
  71.   Surround U
  72.   Vamos a Bailar
  73.   Lonely Legend
  74.   Stay Up by Stacy Barthe
  75.   Crazy
  76.   Go on and Dance to the Music
  77.   Congratulations
  78.   Change Your Mind
  79.   Man of the House
  80.   Uneligible
  81.   Moji Layo
  82.   Forward Ever
  83.   Worthy Worthy
  84.   Arabaribiti
  85.   Jesu La O Ma Sin