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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.   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.   Get It Right
  19.   I Believe
  20.   Ain't Gon' Beg You
  21.   Bump What Ya Friends Say
  22.   Got Me Waiting
  23.   I Feel Beautiful
  24.   Don't Act Right
  25.   Two Weeks Notice
  26.   When I Met You
  27.   In the Middle of the Night
  28.   This Is Me
  29.   In Deep
  30.   Not the Way I Do
  31.   Selfish (I Want U 2 Myself)
  32.   Ugly
  33.   So Much to Prove
  34.   Ain't All Bad
  35.   Cervecita Blanca
  36.   Trust Him
  37.   Falling In Love Tonight
  38.   Even Angels
  39.   'Til My Baby Comes Home
  40.   Good Lovin'
  41.   Chain of Fools
  42.   What Christmas Means to Me
  43.   Jesu La O Ma Sin
  44.   Girl Talk (Interlude)
  45.   Who's Been Lovin' You
  46.   Baby Makin' Hips
  47.   You Were Always on My Mind
  48.   Summertime
  49.   It's All Good
  50.   Alice Street
  51.   Emi O Yin Jesu
  52.   Haunted featuring Al Sherrod Lambert
  53.   End of Me
  54.   Side Effects of You
  55.   If I Was a Bird
  56.   Move On Me
  57.   I'm Here
  58.   Supernatural Love by Big K.R.I.T.
  59.   To the Heavens
  60.   Sunshine
  61.   Lonely Legend
  62.   Roller Coasters by Aloe Blacc
  63.   Wait for You
  64.   Sweet, Sweet City Rhythm
  65.   Arabaribiti
  66.   Congratulations
  67.   Change Your Mind
  68.   The Thrill Is Gone
  69.   I Wish featuring Patti LaBelle
  70.   Bore Me (Yawn)
  71.   Vamos a Bailar
  72.   Stay Up by Stacy Barthe
  73.   Crazy
  74.   So Blue
  75.   Go on and Dance to the Music
  76.   Lighthouse
  77.   Teach Me
  78.   I'm Not That Type
  79.   Uneligible
  80.   Surround U
  81.   Man of the House
  82.   Fantasia Carnival Medley
  83.   Worthy Worthy
  84.   Forward Ever
  85.   Moji Layo