“I been through some things but I worked hard to get to where I'm at.”
“I always say you've only got one life to live, and you're not promised a tomorrow. So, you might as well just have a good time with it.”
“When I'm out on the stage, it gives me this rush and anything that's on my mind and everything I'm going through is forgotten about.”
Fantasia Barrino (born Fantasia Monique Barrino on June 30, 1984 in High Point, North Carolina) is an American R&B singer-songwriter, actress and author. Fantasia began singing at the age of 5, citing Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle and Tina Turner as major influences. While attending Andrews High School, Fantasia was sexually assaulted by a classmate. The embarrassment over the rape forced her to drop out. She moved to the neighboring Greensboro, and stayed there before trying out for the 2004 American Idol auditions in Atlanta. Fantasia quickly won over audiences and judges with her music talent. Her rendition of the song “Summertime” was called the best performance in the show’s [then] history by Randy Jackson. Over 65 million votes were cast to during the final tally, awarding Fantasia the victory. After Idol, she signed to J Records and released her debut single, “I Believe,” in June 2004. It went on to be the top selling single that year and was certified double platinum. Her debut album came in 2004, and went on to sell over two million copies worldwide. She continued to find success, releasing three more albums and winning the Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance in 2011. Along with singing, Fantasia has pursued an acting career, portraying Aretha in an episode of American Dreams and performing in the Broadway adaptation of The Color Purple and the play After Midnight.
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Fantasia is best known as an R&B singer who won the third season of American Idol in 2004.
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At 16, Fantasia gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Zion. In 2005, Fantasia published her memoir and revealed that she is functionally illiterate. Fantasia dated former NFL player Michael Clayton, rapper Young Dro and Antwaun Cook. In 2011, Fantasia gave birth to her second child, a son named Dallas Xavier. She and boyfriend Kendall Taylor were married on July 18. 2015.