Fantasia Barrino is an American R&B singer and actress, born June 30, 1984, being known as Fantasia. She became famous after she won the third season of the reality show American Idol in 2004. Her first released single was called I Believe and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Soon, Fantasia, released her first music album entitled Free Yourself, which was certified Platinum by the RIAA and it also garnered three Grammy nominations. Later, she released her second album, Fantasia, which included the single When I See You. The song soon topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks, which was a great achievement and that was also the moment when she became appreciated indeed as a very talented artist.This second album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations. Nonetheless, it seems that her career took a different approach, Fantasia being also attracted to theatre, so she played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple and she won a 2007 Theatre World Award.
The singer as born in High Point, North Carolina. Fantasia suffered a lot when she was raped by a classmate, so she dropped out of school, became pregnant at 16 and in 2001, she gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino. Later, she moved to neighbouring Greensboro, North Carolina and soon after this event, she auditioned for the American Idol show. Between 2008-2010, she worked on an album and in 2010 she released it, being entitled Back To Me and she appeared in many shows and collaborated with a lot of artists and producers, so her career developed gradually, but very well.
Fantasia Barrino was cast in her first role, portraying gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a biopic based on the book Got To Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel, but unfortunately, she lost her role as she announced her pregnancy. Related to her personal life, in 2005, Fantasia Barrino published a memoir, entitled Life Is Not A Fairy Tale and soon after its launching, it became a New York Times best-seller. Despite the success of this book, she was sued by her father after she said unflattering things about him in her book. In 2011, the celebrity announced a second pregnancy, without revealing the name of the father.