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Fantasia Barrino Biography

Birth Name:
Fantasia Monique Barrino
Birth Place:
High Point, North Carolina, United States

Fast Facts

  • Nearly missed the Atlanta American Idol audition because she decided she couldn't sing on an empty stomach and left
  • When she returned, she was told it was too late to get in
  • A security guard who heard her sing earlier took her by the hand and walked her in
  • Season 3 winner of Idol (2004); runner-up was Diana DeGarmo
  • First single "I Believe" debuted at No
  • 1 on the Billboard charts
  • Portrayed her idol, Aretha Franklin, on an episode of NBC's American Dreams in November 2004
  • Published the autobiographical Life Is Not a Fairy Tale in September 2005; played herself in the TV-movie version
  • Received four Grammy nominations for her debut album Free Yourself
  • Appeared on Broadway for a year as Celie, the lead role in The Color Purple
  • Dropped out of high school in ninth grade, but received an honorary degree from the school in 2010


  • Joseph Barrino Jr. -- Brother
  • Ricco Barrino -- Brother
  • Xavier Barrino -- Brother
  • Zion -- Daughter
  • Antwaun Cook -- Ex-significant Other
  • Brandel Shouse -- Ex-significant Other
  • Joseph Barrino -- Father
  • Addie Collins -- Grandmother
  • Kendall Taylor -- Husband
  • Dallas Xavier Barrino -- Son