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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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Top Songs by

  1.   Song
  2.   When I See U
  3.   Free Yourself
  4.   Without Me
  5.   Truth Is
  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.   Baby Mama
  17.   I Believe
  18.   Get It Right
  19.   Sleeping with the One I Love
  20.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  21.   Got Me Waiting
  22.   Two Weeks Notice
  23.   Chain of Fools
  24.   When I Met You
  25.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  26.   I Feel Beautiful
  27.   I'm Not That Type
  28.   Don't Act Right
  29.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  30.   Teach Me
  31.   Even Angels
  32.   This Is Me
  33.   Man of the House
  34.   Surround U
  35.   Good Lovin'
  36.   Side Effects of You
  37.   Falling In Love Tonight
  38.   Summertime
  39.   Wait for You
  40.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  41.   I'm Here
  42.   It's All Good
  43.   Stay Up by Stacy Barthe
  44.   Ugly
  45.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  46.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  47.   Crazy
  48.   If I Was a Bird
  49.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  50.   You Were Always on My Mind
  51.   So Blue
  52.   Trust Him
  53.   Uneligible
  54.   Sunshine
  55.   Not the Way I Do
  56.   Roller Coasters by Aloe Blacc
  57.   To the Heavens
  58.   Change Your Mind
  59.   Ain't All Bad
  60.   The Thrill Is Gone
  61.   Move On Me
  62.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  63.   Baby Makin' Hips
  64.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  65.   Lonely Legend
  66.   Worthy Worthy
  67.   Congratulations
  68.   Moji Layo
  69.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  70.   In Deep
  71.   So Much to Prove
  72.   Cervecita Blanca
  73.   Vamos a Bailar
  74.   What Christmas Means to Me
  75.   Alice Street
  76.   Go on and Dance to the Music
  77.   Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm
  78.   Fantasia Carnival Medley
  79.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  80.   Forward Ever
  81.   Arabaribiti
  82.   In the Middle of the Night
  83.   End of Me
  84.   Lighthouse
  85.   Jesu La O Ma Sin