Fantasia Barrino is a R&B singer who is best known for her powerful vocals. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series, American Idol, in 2004. Here are a few amazing facts you might not know about Fantasia.
1. Fantasia was born to Diane and Joseph Barrino on June 30, 1984. She was raised in High Point, North Carolina.
2. She began singing at the age of five. Barrino cites Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle and Tina Turner as her biggest musical influences.
4. She dropped out of high school and became pregnant at 16. On August 8, 2001, she gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino.
5. After winning American Idol, Fantasia signed to J Records with 19 Entertainment and began work on her debut album. In June 2004, she released her debut single, “I Believe,” which later debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Fantasia starred in the lead role of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, the hit musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel by Alice Walker.
7. On February 13, 2011, Fantasia won her first Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “Bittersweet.”
8. Fantasia published a memoir, dictated to a freelance writer, titled Life Is Not a Fairy Tale. She revealed she is functionally illiterate and was unable to read the contracts she signed or read to her then four-year-old daughter.
9. In 2006, following the release of her autobiography, Fantasia’s father sued her for $10 million. He claimed that she said unflattering things about him in the book that were allegedly false.
10. In August 2006, Fantasia played herself in a Lifetime Television film based on her autobiography. The film was directed by Debbie Allen and debuted on the women’s cable network on August 19, 2006.
11. Fantasia has sold over three million records. She has won numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, three Billboard Awards, three NAACP Image Awards, and two ASCAP Awards.
12. Fantasia has been married to Kendall Taylor since July 19, 2015.