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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30 June 1984
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Fantasia Barrino mourns murdered nephew
CNN - 7 days
Singer Fantasia Barrino is mourning the death of her 18-year-old nephew.
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With 'Girl Disrupted,' Sevyn Streeter's been waiting 15 years for this moment
LATimes - 8 months
Sevyn Streeter felt defeated. She was nearly 15 years into a career that included stints in two (albeit short-lived) singing groups and writing credits for Ariana Grande, Chris Brown, Brandy, Kelly Rowland, Alicia Keys, Tamar Braxton, Fantasia Barrino and Chris Brown. She had the backing of a major...
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Fantasia And Her Huband Respond To 'All Lives Matter' Concert Critics
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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 - over 1 year
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 - almost 2 years
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 4 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 w...
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American Idol Recap: Hollywood... or Home!
The Hollywood Gossip - about 4 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 wan...
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After Midnight: Resurrecting Harlem in its Heyday
Huffington Post - over 4 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 fro...
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Singers, dancers, musicians shine 'After Midnight' - USA TODAY
Google News - over 4 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 4 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 "...
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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.
    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.
  • 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".
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    On October 16, 2014, Barrino was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.
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    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.
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    Her role ended on February 9, 2014.
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  • 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.
    In an interview on Today in that same month, she revealed that she will return to Broadway in October 2013.
    On April 19, 2013, Fantasia revealed that her next single would be "Without Me," featuring Kelly Rowland and Missy Elliott.
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    However, on February 28, 2013, via her Facebook page, Fantasia confirmed that her album would be released on April 23, 2013.
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    During an interview on Steve Harvey's morning radio show, Barrino revealed that the album's release date would be March 13, 2013.
  • 2012
    Age 27
    On December 19, 2012, Fantasia premiered her new single, "Lose to Win".
    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.
    On February 13, 2012, VH1 named Barrino 32nd out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
  • 2011
    Age 26
    On December 13, 2011, she gave birth to a son, Dallas Xavier Barrino.
    In 2011, Aretha Franklin expressed interest in having Barrino play her in a planned biographical movie.
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    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.
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    On February 13, 2011, Fantasia won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Bittersweet".
  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    In the summer of 2010, she appeared as a guest judge alongside Wayne Brady, on episode 11, of RuPaul's Drag Race.
    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.
    She performed the song on The Oprah Winfrey Show on February 3, 2010.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    Fantasia received two Grammy nominations for her sophomore release, Fantasia and subsequently began work on her third studio album in 2008.
  • 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.
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    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.
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    Leading up to her first performance on April 10, 2007 the play garnered a total of 6.5 million in pre-ticket sales.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 21
    She released her self-titled second effort, Fantasia, on December 12, 2006.
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    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.
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    In 2006, Barrino was nominated for three Grammy Awards for her debut album.
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    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.
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  • 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.
    In October 2005, she received good notices as an opening act for Kanye West's Touch the Sky Tour.
    In May 2005, Fantasia went on her first tour with her own live band, with soul singers Kem and Rashaan Patterson.
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    Through the spring and winter of 2005, Fantasia made many television appearances to promote her album.
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  • 2004
    Age 19
    Fantasia released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, in November 2004.
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    In June 2004, she released her debut single, "I Believe", which later debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
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    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.
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    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.
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  • 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.
  • 1984
    Born on June 30, 1984.
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