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Genre: R&B

Fantasia Barrino Bio

Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. After playing the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, she is cast to be in the film adaptation of the musical.

Fantasia Barrino was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, to Joseph and Diane Barrino. In her autobiography Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia, who is African American, explains that a family rumor suggests her father was of Cuban descent, but there are no sources to verify that claim. Fantasia is the first cousin of K-Ci & JoJo of the group Jodeci. She is also the cousin to R&B singer Dave Hollister and, Neo-Soul Singer Calvin Richardson.

Fantasia made an immediate impression on American Idol with her stylized gospel-influenced sound, and her explosive stage presence. Her audition version of Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" made her an early favorite in the competition. Her standout performance during the course of the 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—Randy Jackson has called it the best performance in the show's history—and was named to the Emmy Awards's 2004 list of greatest television moments.


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