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Fantasia

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 "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." ~ David Jeffries, Rovi
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symphonijohn s o n
She has a beautiful voice
You are my heart
sings so for real
Love
Ain't Goin to Beg You no more, there comes a time when we get fed up cause there is some one else who don't have to beg
keep singing Fantasia
Great job keep up the good work
This freaked me out! This isn't fake. Apparently is you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain, you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry.
love her voice heavenly.... . . . . . . f a c e p r e t t y c d d 2 0 1 4 5 0 @ g m a i l . c o m

I love fantasa songs
Fantasia is the Goddaughter of Soul. She's worthy of that title because she possesses the same soul as the late great Godfather of Soul James Brown.
Sing the truth....... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Forever and always in an a day best wishes
Love all her music
kerryannsmit h 3 0
Really like her voice
yayy
This Music
She is the one I look up to because she is the one who I follow in life
I can see Fantasia heading in the same direction as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. Fantasia is one of those artists who is going to be around for years as long as she keeps reinventing herself just like James Brown. James Brown is the king of reinvention. W h e n it looks like his career was declining, he always knew what to do to get it back on top. James Brown have never been afraid to reinvention himself and experiment with different things musically. He knew how to keep it new and fresh. Tha
I always said she is the next Patti Labelle however she doesn't know it yet however she is! The public will soon know it.
I liked her at the beginning but she done switched sides but some of her songs I can vibe 2
aprils.gray
I love her in her songs because she is beautiful
I love this song
A powerhouse vocalist! Fantasia is a confident, self assured young sister who is talented beyond words! She is amazing. She entertains you, the way James Brown did.
Love this song!!!
I love this song
my soooooong and I just loveeeee fantasia
Luv this song��
MY SOOOOOONGG!! !
Go ahead and free yourself.
This is my jam
Youis sodeep
Yougo
Love this song
I love Fantasia and her music. She has overcome so many obstacles. People will always try to judge. Keep doing what you do cause you can "sang" girl!
Love your syle fantasia!!!! ! ! !
hdjsnsjdns
Fantasia is one of the best singers out there.
Fantasia is an amazing singer and she knows how to command the stage with her presence and she is an example of how to overcome any obstacle or situation that may come your way.
Leandria Johnson and fantasia will kill the stage 2 get her yes gawd !!!!
I love you T
A powerhouse vocalist! Crazy, fun, and just incredibly talented! Fantasia is amazing! Her phrasing, riffs and gospel riffs remind me of the old skill gospel singers like, Mahalia Jackson, Clara Ward, Albertina Walker etc,.
dazzledivas
<3 fantasia
YESS I LOVE YOU TASIA (:
Great Singer yet so underrated. R&B does not get the respect it deserves
Talk about a survivor in the music industry...I am so proud of this girl for overcoming so many of the problems she has gone through in her past and coming out on the other end still able to perform her music without whining about the baggage from her past that she carries. Kudos to you Fantasia, keep on moving it forward girl and don't let none of those haters tell you that you can't sing...smooc h e s !
Wish on a star for a sign, that's the reason why babyyy
IAN GLAD THAT FRANTASIA IS STILL SINGING AND GOING STRONG. DEBBIE
BITTERSWEET! < 3
i like this song bcuz I can relate.. but umm
I love this song I listen to it every morning getting dressed for school❤️❤️
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