Fantasia Barrino became a household name after her 2004 win on the popular American
television show "American Idol". She became the third person in the country to win the
Quite a few people, including the singer herself thought she would take home the win. As
a 19 year old single mother, high school drop out who at the time suffered with reading
difficulties was deemed the unconventional winner of the competition. She was a Southern
girl with a heavy voice full of emotions. And she was unapologetic for being who she was
and rightfully so.
She may have sealed the deal for herself as the Idol winner, when she belted out a
heartfelt rendition of "Summertime". In which the singer became very emotional; that
night she made the audience truly stand up and take notice of her talent.
In late 2004 Fantasia released "Free Yourself," a platinum selling album on J Records.
Her first single, "I Believe" debuted at number one on the charts. Other tracks released
from the album include, "Free Yourself", "Baby Mama", and "Ain't Gon Beg You." The album
itself reached the number two spot on R&B charts in 2004 and went on to garner the
singer three Grammy nominations.
Recently Fantasia starred in a made for television movie which was based on her
autobiography, "Life Is Not a Fairy Tale: The Fantasia Barrino Story", which is a New
York Times best-selling book.