Fantasia Monique Barrino, known by her stage name, Fantasia, was the winner in the third season of American Idol in 2004. With the fame and popularity gained from her time on American Idol, she was able to become the first artist in history to debut her first single at #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
|Got Me Waiting||Free Yourself||2004|
|Ain't Gon' Beg You||Free Yourself||2004|
|You Were Always On My Mind||Free Yourself||2004|
|Even Angels||Even Angels||2010|
|This Is Me||Free Yourself||2004|
|Baby Mama||Free Yourself||2004|
|Good Lovin'||Free Yourself||2004|
|I'm Doin' Me||Back To Me||2010|
|It's All Good||Free Yourself||2004|
|Collard Greens & Cornbread||Back To Me||2010|
|Teach Me||Back To Me||2010|
|Falling In Love Tonight||Back To Me||2010|
|Truth Is||Free Yourself||2004|
|Move On Me||Back To Me||2010|
|I Believe||Sing Soprano v.28||2008|
|Trust Him||Back To Me||2010|
|Man Of The House||Back To Me||2010|
|Chain Of Fools||American Idol Season 3: Greatest Soul Classics||2004|
|The Thrill Is Gone||Back To Me||2010|
|Free Yourself||Free Yourself||2004|
I've been wanting to sing for a long time. I've been singing all my life, and I've tried different record companies, but it seemed like - it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, "I'm gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me."
Fantasia Monique Barrino, known by her stage name, Fantasia, was the winner in the third season of American Idol in 2004. With the fame and popularity gained from her time on American Idol, she was able to become the first artist in history to debut her first single at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. That single, was I Believe.
Her first album, released later in 2004, was titled Free Yourself. The album certified platinum, and earned Fantasia four Grammy nominations. To date, the album has sold over one million copies in the United States and over two million in Canada. The singles, Free Yourself and Truth Is both earned ASCAP R&B/Hip Hop Awards in 2006.
A Diverse Career
Fantasia released her second album, Fantasia, in 2006. The album sold 133,000 copies in the first week, and had certified gold with over 500,000 sales by June of 2007. The album received critical acclaim from multiple reviewers, drawing comparisons to Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, and Patti LaBelle.
Her recording career was put on hold when she landed the lead role of Celie in Oprah Winfrey's The Color Purple. The show debuted on Broadway in 2007. She took Broadway by storm, and became the “unexpected darling” of the show. Her contract only kept her in the show up to the holidays, but when she left, attendance dropped to a point that the show ended its run at the beginning of 2008. Rumors abound of a movie version in the making starring Fantasia.
Here, Now, and in the Future
Fantasia rejoined the cast of The Color Purple during the summer of 2009 to tour the country with the show. She is touring on her own as well, with dates at least through mid-2010 throughout the United States and with shows in England as well. In January of 2010, she performed in the annual Celebration of Gospel with her mother, Diane Barrino.
Her career has not slowed down. Fantasia has debuted her docu-drama reality show, Fantasia For Real in January of this year, and she is recording her newest album, due to be out later in 2010. Her first single, Even Angels, to be included on the upcoming album, was released on line and sold nearly 10,000 downloads in the first week of availability.
Did you know . . .
Fantasia auditioned for a part in Dream Girls, but lost the part to Jennifer Hudson.
In early 2010, Fantasia began receiving threatening hate mail. She has been taking safety precautions for herself and her daughter.
In 2005, Fantasia wrote an autobiography, entitled Life is Not a Fairy Tale, which was made into a movie in 2006. She starred in the film.