Fantasia Barrino
American actor and singer
Fantasia Barrino
Fantasia Monique Barrino, commonly known simply by the mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
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Fantasia And Her Huband Respond To 'All Lives Matter' Concert Critics
Huffington Post - 5 months
Fantasia Barrino and her husband, Kendell Taylor have issued a statement regarding the controversy surrounding her “Hear Me Now: All Lives Matter” concert in Charlotte, North Carolina. The “American Idol” winner issued a video statement via Facebook on Sunday explaining why the show had been rescheduled for the weekend of Oct. 1. “The city did call me, they were very nice, they’re working with me and I thank God for that,” she said. “They just decided to let me know that today there’s a Panthers game going on and there’s a lot of people out tailgating and we can’t have any sounds, we can’t have any musicians out there, so the people won’t be able to hear me. They got word that a lot of people were going to come out and I thank God for that, because God laid that on my heart to do this.” While the concert ― which is scheduled to feature performances by Fantasia, Anthony Hamilton, John P. Kee and Dennis Reed ― is billed as “Music That Will Bring Change,” many fans ...
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Fantasia is in control, and finally happy: 'I'm the definition of strength'
LATimes - 7 months
In the dozen years since Fantasia Barrino claimed victory on “American Idol,” the singer has more than proved her mettle. She’s sold millions of records, released a New York Times bestselling memoir, won a Grammy, anchored a hit reality series and become a Broadway star. And that success didn’t...
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Watch: 'American Idol' Ends: Fantasia Barrino, Ruben Studdard and Justin Guarini, Live on 'GMA'
ABC News - 11 months
Barrino, Studdard and Guarini got their starts on the iconic show, and they weigh in on the finale live from Times Square.
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On the Town: k.d. lang Debuts in <em>After Midnight</em> on Broadway
Huffington Post - about 3 years
k.d. lang in 'After Midnight'. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) It was a suit and tie kind of night -- and not just for the soulful k.d. lang who made her Broadway debut as the new guest star in After Midnight. Before the curtain rose on lang on Tuesday, Ruben and Isabel Toledo, the latter of whom designed the show's vibrant costumes, hosted a VIP soirée at their atelier, or an artist's workshop for the non-French speakers, to celebrate the singer's opening night. The evening was the type of party Carrie Bradshaw would attend -- if Carrie Bradshaw went to theater premieres. Guests were greeted with a specialty cocktail so infused with cucumber that slices made their way in and around the drink's single ice cube. Waiters sported navy gingham shirts and bow ties and carried meticulously presented platters of appetizers like yellowtail ceviche, artichoke fondue, prosciutto BLTs, and lime-infused salmon. Toledo's costume sketches for the musical revue flooded the lower party room, which wa ...
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 3 years
American Idol settled in Hollywood last night, where 212 Golden Ticket recipients touched down at LAX… and were immediately whisked to an airport hanger to perform. Of those selected for this round, 52 were considered the weakest and forced to sing for their Season 13 lives in front of Keith, J. Lo and Harry. Talk about pressure! Kenzie Hall American Idol Audition Spencer Lloyd - "Say Something" Who crumbled from it? Who rose to the occasion? Majesty Rose impressed with a Feist cover. Briana Oakley came through with a version of "Mama Do." Spencer Lloyd likely made this kid cry with a rendition of "Say Something." Kenzie Hall’s put an acoustic spin on Macklemore’s "Can’t Hold Us." Tiquila Wilson and Jena Asciuto also performed admirably. Following the Solo auditions, though, it was on to the Group round, an exercise in forced drama and editing that never produces quality music. In this case, Jessica Meuse was made to look like a drama queen for want ...
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After Midnight: Resurrecting Harlem in its Heyday
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Old Harlem is celebrated in Harlem, and on Broadway in After Midnight. Last weekend, a ribbon cutting at Minton's, Richard Parson's supper club, marks the return of a legendary Harlem jazz joint, where large photos of Duke and Dizzy, Ella and Billie grace a renovated dining room and all eyes lead to a small back room stage ready for the downbeat. That spirit travels downtown, to a show featuring the big sound, the moves, the silver and white elegance of a bygone era. "It's gonna be good," Wynton Marsalis grinned confidently as Hugh Jackman with Deborra Lee Furness, Mary Louise Parker, Barbara Walters, and many others filed into the at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre for opening night of After Midnight, a revue evoking The Cotton Club of the 1920's. Under Wynton Marsalis' direction The Jazz at Lincoln Center All Stars big band dominates the stage, world class musicians, with a cast of dancers and vocalists, precise and excellent in their interpretations of familiar Tin Pan Alley tunes from ...
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Singers, dancers, musicians shine 'After Midnight' - USA TODAY
Google News - over 3 years
San Francisco Chronicle Singers, dancers, musicians shine 'After Midnight' USA TODAY NEW YORK -- It is a sight not seen that often on a Broadway stage: the face of a musician, savoring an instrumental solo or a moment of camaraderie with other orchestra members. In the new Broadway production After Midnight (three and a half out of four ... 'After Midnight,' on Broadway, Fetes the Heyday of an EraNew York Times After Midnight: Theater ReviewHollywood Reporter AFTER MIDNIGHT Fantasia Barrino in Broadway revueEntertainment Weekly NPR -Broadway World all 39 news articles »
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First Nighter: 'After Midnight' Is a Revue You Absolutely Mustn't Miss
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Why go on about the spectacular After Midnight, other than to say that for pure entertainment it comes as near being worth every penny charged as anything does in this gold-plated ticket era of ours? Why go on about an intermissionless 90-minute musical revue in which each number that for style and ebullient wit tops the one that's just preceded it, other than to say it's an instant got-to-go-to? Why go on about a cast of peerless performers singing songs from the '20s and '30s by Great American Songbook biggies like Duke Ellington, Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler, E. Y. Harburg, Dorothy Fields, Jimmy McHugh, Sippie Wallace, Irving Mills, Ethel Waters, Henry Nemo, Cab Calloway and Johnny Hodges, other than to say drop everything and head over to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre quick-like? Why go on about singers like Fantasia Barrino, who's come some way since her American Idol win (and subsequent fab appearance in The Color Purple, to blare beautifully such hotsy-totsy standards as "I ...
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Kolten Wong and the Hawaii Way
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Hawaii is well-known for a lot of things: Paradise. Beautiful Beaches. Luaus. Hotels. Waikiki. Tiny Bubbles. Rainbows (the Drive In, the real thing, and the Warriors). Vacation? It's strongest trait though, is probably not what you'd expect. Lets preface this. I watch a lot of reality TV. A LOT. If it's on primetime and it involves some kind of talent outside of the words "real" and "housewife", I'm probably in. So it was fairly early on that I noticed something pretty incredible. Hawaii as a... viewing body, is good at supporting the locals on these shows. Really good. Savant good. It began, for me at least, with Jasmine Trias. She was my age and really, my first connection to a non-athlete beyond the confines of the state. When she made it to the live shows of American Idol, Season 3, WE made it to the live shows of American Idol, Season 3. And so, buoyed on the strength of one or two above-average performances, and the relentless loyalty of her home state, Tr ...
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Fantasia Barrino returns to Broadway in 'After Midnight'
LATimes - over 3 years
Grammy winner Fantasia Barrino, who came to fame as winner of the third season of “American Idol,” is heading to Broadway to star in “After Midnight,” producers said Thursday. 
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Fantasia eyes Broadway in Duke Ellington show
Yahoo News - over 3 years
NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy Award-winner Fantasia Barrino will star in the Broadway-bound "After Midnight," a musical revue celebrating Duke Ellington's years at the famous Cotton Club nightclub in Harlem.
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Cotton Club Musical Headed to Broadway With a New Name
NYTimes - over 3 years
The musical revue “Cotton Club Parade” will move to Broadway this fall with Fantasia Barrino, the American Idol champion.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Fantasia Barrino
  • 2016
    Age 31
    Barrino toured with Anthony Hamilton beginning on April 21, 2016, in Buffalo, New York. The Definition Of was released in the United States on July 29, 2016 and debuted at number six on the Billboard 200 Chart, selling 32,000 units The album also topped that week's Billboard R&B Albums Chart and was No. 2 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album's chart making it Barrino's fourth top ten album.
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    Kelly in the studio on her official Instagram account. "No Time for It," the first single from the album, was released on January 7, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 30
    On July 18, 2015, she married Kendall Taylor, a businessman.
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  • 2014
    Age 29
    In November 2014, Barrino teamed up with former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams on the remix of Williams' "If We Had Your Eyes".
    More Details Hide Details In November, Barrino announced that she had started work on her next album. She posted a short clip of her and R.
    On October 16, 2014, Barrino was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Barrino appeared on Dave Koz's new Christmas album, The 25th of December, which consisted of a collection of Christmas-themed duets. The album was released on September 30, 2014.
    On March 20, 2014, it was announced that Barrino will return to the production for a second stint for four weeks, beginning on May 13 through June 8.
    More Details Hide Details Barrino performed alongside the cast and Patti LaBelle and Gladys Knight at the 68th Tony Awards. In August 2013, Barrino co-wrote and recorded the theme song "In the Middle of the Night" for The Butler.
    Her role ended on February 9, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details She had received rave reviews from critics for her performance. New York Post wrote "... although I admired Ms. Barrino's heartfelt performance in "The Color Purple," I was surprised at how smoothly and intuitively she slid into the vocal persona of a jazz singer." Barrino was the first of a rotating roster of special guest stars that also included k.d. lang, Toni Braxton and Babyface.
  • 2013
    Age 28
    Barrino starred in the musical revue After Midnight which opened on Broadway on November 3, 2013, with previews beginning on October 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
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    In an interview on Today in that same month, she revealed that she will return to Broadway in October 2013.
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    On April 19, 2013, Fantasia revealed that her next single would be "Without Me," featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2013, Fantasia embarked on a five-date tour with Andrea Bocelli.
    However, on February 28, 2013, via her Facebook page, Fantasia confirmed that her album would be released on April 23, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details The album was available for pre-order on March 19, 2013.
    During an interview on Steve Harvey's morning radio show, Barrino revealed that the album's release date would be March 13, 2013.
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  • 2012
    Age 27
    On December 19, 2012, Fantasia premiered her new single, "Lose to Win".
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    Barrino was featured on a cover version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" with Kelly Price and Faith Evans from Evans' compilation album R&B Divas, which was released on October 2, 2012.
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    On February 13, 2012, VH1 named Barrino 32nd out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
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  • 2011
    Age 26
    On December 13, 2011, she gave birth to a son, Dallas Xavier Barrino.
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    In 2011, Aretha Franklin expressed interest in having Barrino play her in a planned biographical movie.
    More Details Hide Details On October 7, RCA Music Group announced it was disbanding J Records along with Arista Records and Jive Records. With the shutdown, Barrino (and all other artists previously signed to these three labels) will release her future material on the RCA Records brand.
    In 2011, Barrino was cast in her first film role, playing gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a biopic based on the 1993 book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.
    More Details Hide Details It was later reported that the film was fully endorsed by the Mahalia Jackson estate. Fantasia also would receive not only the top salary in the project but a percentage of the box office revenue the film creates. Production was originally planned to begin in October 2011 in New Orleans and Chicago with a release date of late 2012 and a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. In August 2011, organizers of the International Hair Show in Atlanta, Georgia, said medical conditions requiring bed rest had forced Fantasia to cancel her scheduled performance there. Double Dutch Productions LLC, the production company behind Mahalia!, released a statement saying it "extends apologies to Fantasia Barrino for the inaccurate, non-factual and disparaging statements of Ms. Barrino's reputation, character and image."
    On February 13, 2011, Fantasia won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet".
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  • 2010
    Age 25
    In late August 2010, the ex-wife of Antwuan Cook, Paula Cook, accused Barrino of knowingly pursuing a relationship with her husband despite knowledge of their existing marriage.
    More Details Hide Details In December 2010, a North Carolina judge ruled in Barrino's favor, stating the Cooks' separation date was September 14, 2009, and not June 2010 as Paula previously claimed. On August 1, 2011, Barrino announced a second pregnancy during a charity concert event in Jacksonville, Florida. She did not reveal the name of the father. On September 13, 2011 it was confirmed that the singer would be having a boy.
    In transcript segments released the day before an August 24, 2010, interview on the VH1 series Behind the Music, Barrino confirmed the incident was a suicide attempt, saying, "I didn't care about anything.
    More Details Hide Details I just wanted out. At that moment I wanted out. I wanted it to be over with." Barrino denied rumors that the incident was a publicity stunt. Afterward, Barrino said, "Music saved me. When I went in the hospital, I went into the computer room, and I looked up artists who've been through things, artists who sing from their soul. I took my cues from them, and I just put my mind and everything into music." She also relied on her family, something she had not done earlier in her career. Barrino testified in court that she aborted her and Cook's fetus around the time of her failed suicide attempt.
    An August 2010 divorce filing in Mecklenburg County District Court alleges that Barrino had a year-long relationship with Antwaun Cook, who was married, bringing up the subject of alienation of affection laws in North Carolina.
    More Details Hide Details Barrino claimed the two began dating after Cook and his wife separated. On August 9, 2010, Barrino was hospitalized in Pineville, North Carolina, due to overdosing on aspirin and an unknown sleep aid. Dickens said, "'Her injuries are not life threatening... she was dehydrated and exhausted at the time." The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department classified the incident as a suicide attempt.
    In the summer of 2010, she appeared as a guest judge alongside Wayne Brady, on episode 11, of RuPaul's Drag Race.
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    To promote the album, Barrino embarked on her first solo concert tour, Back to Me Tour in the fall of 2010.
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    On March 28, 2010, Barrino also performed "America the Beautiful" at WWE WrestleMania XXVI.
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    She performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show on February 3, 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album's first official single, "Bittersweet", was released on May 11, 2010 and has gone on to reach number seven on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as number seventy-four on the Billboard Hot 100. Fantasia's third studio album, Back to Me, was released on August 24, 2010. Fantasia cited Tina Turner, Queen and Aretha Franklin as influences, and like musicians she admired from their era, she recorded with a live band. The album has been promoted by appearances on Good Morning America and The Wendy Williams Show among others.
  • 2009
    Age 24
    The home was due to be auctioned in January 2009 by the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office after the company Broward Energy Partners, which had paid over $68,000 of her taxes in 2006, said it had not been fully repaid.
    More Details Hide Details The auction earnings were to be used to finish reimbursing the company for the loan, on which Barrino had paid back $10,000. The auction was canceled after Barrino's attorneys and the lender reached an "eleventh-hour deal", the details of which were not disclosed. Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band and her brother is Grand Hustle recording artist Ricco Barrino.
    Fantasia also appeared on Jennifer Hudson's self-titled album, on the song "I'm His Only Woman", which was nominated for a 2009 Grammy Award, though it did not win.
    More Details Hide Details Fantasia reprised the role of Celie in the national tour of The Color Purple during its Washington D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles stops. Fantasia also stars in a reality show produced by World of Wonder. Titled Fantasia for Real, it premiered on January 11, 2010, on VH1 to rave reviews and ratings. The show's first season ended in July 2010 with its second began on September 19, 2010. On February 2, 2010, "Even Angels", produced by The Stereotypes and written by Heather Bright, was never released to radio from Fantasia's third studio album.
  • 2008
    Age 23
    She dated former NFL player Michael Clayton, who was at the time playing for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. From 2008 to 2009, Barrino dated rapper Young Dro.
    More Details Hide Details Barrino's voice has been described as raspy, gritty and soulful. Barrino has said from childhood she has been influenced by soul singers Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan and Tina Turner, as well as jazz singers Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway and Nina Simone. Barrino has drawn many comparisons to her idols. LaBelle affectionately calls Barrino "baby Patti." "Fantasia's just a baby me when you see yourself in someone else, you say, 'God I'm 70, she's 30,' so she's like the Patti Labelle from back in the day and everything and she's so raw," LaBelle stated in an interview. She always credit her church upbringing and cites The Clark Sisters as one of her influences. Barrino is also an admirer of rock music and was influenced by Queen and Elton John. Her fourth album, Side Effects of You introduced a new and much edgier rock-inspired sound which she coined as 'rock soul'. During an interview with, Barrino has stated that she would like to go in more of a rock direction for her fifth studio album. "This whole rock soul direction has been on my heart. I'll always be soulful: I started singing in the church at the age of five. So that will never go anywhere. But there's a certain side of me that wants to tap into that whole rock world. It's hard to come from R&B to that.
    In the September 2008 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Barrino revealed that the reason for her absences in The Color Purple was because of the development of a cyst on her vocal cords.
    More Details Hide Details She was ordered to immediately undergo surgery which later revealed that she in fact had a tumor on her vocal cords. She now reports that after a successful surgery, the tumor was completely removed and she is now well.
    Fantasia was then cast by Oprah Winfrey as Celie in the film adaptation of The Color Purple musical, which began production after the release of her third album, as Fantasia confirmed to MTV News on March 5, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details In June 2008, Fantasia parted ways with 19 Entertainment, but remained with 19 Recordings and J Records. She said that after the release of her third album, she plans to release a gospel album. She performed with her mother, Diane Barrino, in a Thanksgiving special on BET's Bobby Jones Gospel.
    She stated on the red carpet of the 2008 Grammy Awards that the style of the new album would be a blending of the avenues she has touched musically, which include American Idol and Broadway.
    More Details Hide Details She also revealed that she would be writing some of the album's songs and would collaborate again with Missy Elliott, The Underdogs, and Midi Mafia, who produced one of her biggest hits, "When I See U". Midi Mafia produced the majority of Fantasia's third studio album. Also, hip hop duo Rock City were confirmed to be writing for the new project. At the time, they had recorded four songs together. She also worked with songwriter-producer Rich King which spawned two songs for her third release. KP, Eric Hudson and Raphael Saadiq are a few people that also became involved on the project. Fantasia confirmed that about 75% of the album was complete by mid-2009, and that fans should've expected a new single by the fall of 2009, with the album due to be released in early 2010. This was later delayed, and while recording her new album, Fantasia decided to do a great deal of it the "old fashioned way," inviting a live orchestra to record in the studio with her.
    Fantasia received two Grammy nominations for her sophomore release, Fantasia and subsequently began work on her third studio album in 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 22
    Fantasia was initially scheduled for a limited six-month engagement ending in October 2007 but had her run extended until January 6, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The Color Purple box office saw a thirty-four-million-dollar jump in sales since Barrino started in the show, a third of the play's 100 million dollar earning since its debut in 2005. The New York Post reported that Barrino missed nearly fifty performances in the show, causing the producers to give back tens of thousands of dollars in refunds.
    Upon her warm welcome to the stage Fantasia was asked to perform at the 2007 Tony Awards in a tribute to Atlanta's Alliance Theater in which The Color Purple got its start.
    More Details Hide Details In recognition of an outstanding stage debut performance, Fantasia was given the Theatre World Award and the Best Replacement Star Award.
    Leading up to her first performance on April 10, 2007 the play garnered a total of 6.5 million in pre-ticket sales.
    More Details Hide Details While playing the role, Fantasia earned rave reviews for her performance. New York Post critic Clive Barnes said, "... there is some elemental quality to Fantasia that is either greatness or something close to it."
    In February 2007, Fantasia appeared and performed on American Idol, and announced that she would be starring in the lead role of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, the hit musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
    More Details Hide Details After appearing on American Idol and The Oprah Winfrey Show, the musical received a boost of over two million in pre-ticket sales in one week.
  • 2006
    Age 21
    She released her self-titled second effort, Fantasia, on December 12, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The album involved production by Missy Elliott, Swizz Beatz, Babyface, Diane Warren, and others, and has since spawned the singles "Hood Boy" produced by Tone Mason, "When I See U", and "Only One U" and went on to be certified gold. When I See You" became her first single to top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, remaining at the number one spot for eight consecutive weeks. The single stayed on the chart for over a year and was named number eight on the Billboard Best of The 2000s R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
    In August 2006, Fantasia played herself in a Lifetime Television film based on her autobiography Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. The film was directed by Debbie Allen and debuted on the women's cable network on August 19, 2006.
    More Details Hide Details The movie received nineteen million viewers throughout its debut weekend. The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale has also become Lifetime's second most viewed program of all time. Fantasia had many musical collaborations during the fall of 2006 including a remake of The Clark Sisters' "Endow Me" which featured Faith Evans, Lil' Mo, and Coko of SWV, a remake of Stevie Wonder's 1976 song "I Wish" with Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams for the soundtrack to the 2006 computer-animated film Happy Feet, and most notably her duet with Aretha Franklin which was recorded at that time and later released in 2007.
    In 2006, Barrino was nominated for three Grammy Awards for her debut album.
    More Details Hide Details Though she did not win any awards, she performed at the 48th annual telecast with several artists including Aerosmith, Joss Stone, John Legend, Maroon 5, and Ciara in an all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone during the Grammy Award show.
    Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and garnered Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006. In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Barrino has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States. In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music. On April 18, 2013, Barrino returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience. Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance. In November 2013, Barrino returned to Broadway in the musical After Midnight. On October 16, 2014, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
  • 2005
    Age 20
    Barrino was named the number-one artist of the Adult Urban Contemporary format for 2005 according to the December 13, 2005 issue of Billboard magazine.
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    In October 2005, she received good notices as an opening act for Kanye West's Touch the Sky Tour.
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    In May 2005, Fantasia went on her first tour with her own live band, with soul singers Kem and Rashaan Patterson.
    More Details Hide Details She also appeared as a headliner at several music festivals including the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival and the Reggae Sumfest in Jamaica.
    Through the spring and winter of 2005, Fantasia made many television appearances to promote her album.
    More Details Hide Details She played Aretha Franklin in an episode of the series American Dreams, singing "Respect", guest voiced on The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Torn", and guest starred as herself in a cameo role on the sitcom All of Us. She appeared three times as a musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On March 25, 2005, Fantasia performed at the thirty-sixth NAACP Image Awards in honor of Illinois Senator Barack Obama after winning the award for Outstanding Female Artist.
  • 2004
    Age 19
    Fantasia released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, in November 2004.
    More Details Hide Details It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 copies in its first week. To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in the U.S. The singles "Truth Is" and "Free Yourself" became R&B hits, reaching number two and number three respectively on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the controversial "Baby Mama" – which critics accused of romanticizing single motherhood – reached the top twenty. Barrino did even better on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay, where she was the first artist of any kind to simultaneously hold the top two spots of the top three, and "Truth Is" spent 14 weeks at the number one position.
    In June 2004, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which later debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
    More Details Hide Details This number-one debut made Fantasia the first artist in history to achieve this with a first single. On the sales chart, the single spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one, giving it the longest consecutive stay on top of that chart for an American Idol contestant. The CD single, "I Believe", went on to become the top selling single of 2004 in the U.S., and has since been certified double platinum by the CRIA. Barrino also won three Billboard Music Awards for the single.
    Barrino participated in the U.S. tour with the other American Idol finalists and appeared in the 2004 Christmas special, Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia: Home For the Holidays as well.
    More Details Hide Details Barrino's brother auditioned for the eighth season of American idol but failed to make it to the Hollywood round. Barrino is one of only four winners, the others being Ruben Studdard, Kris Allen and most recently Candice Glover, to have landed in the bottom three or two, which she did twice. After winning American Idol, Fantasia signed to J Records with 19 Entertainment and began work on her debut album.
    Barrino's show was a heartfelt staging of the Porgy and Bess standard "Summertime" that left her in tears from "feeling the song" and earned praise from the judges and was named amongst the AOL's 2004 list of greatest television moments.
    More Details Hide Details For the final performance of the season, Barrino offered a second performance of "Summertime" that again drew praise from the judges; Simon Cowell remarked that she was the best contestant to ever compete in any competition, including the more than seventy Idol champions crowned nationally and internationally since the show began its first global incarnations. On the finale, over 65 million votes were cast in order to determine the winner on May 26, 2004, up from 24 million in 2003. Barrino defeated runner-up Diana DeGarmo by 1.3 million votes. At age 19, she was the youngest American Idol winner until May 23, 2007, when then 17-year-old Jordin Sparks won the title.
  • 2001
    Age 16
    Despite the travels, Barrino attended Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. Feeling embarrassed and harassed after she was raped by a classmate, she dropped out of high school. She became pregnant at 16, and on August 8, 2001, gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino with her ex-boyfriend, Brandel Shouse.
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  • 1984
    Born on June 30, 1984.
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