Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B; singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. After playing the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, she is cast to be in the film adaptation of the musical. Apart from her debut single I Believe which was also released in Australia , Fantasia has yet to release any material outside of the United States / Canada.
Fantasia Barrino was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, to Joseph and Diane Barrino. In her autobiography, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia who is African American explains that a family rumor suggests her father was of Cuban descent, but there are no sources to verify that claim. Fantasia is the first cousin of K-Ci & JoJo of the group Jodeci. She is also related to R&B; singer Dave Hollister.
The Barrino family traveled and performed in the Carolinas and elsewhere in the American South and recorded the CD Miracles for a local label. Fantasia's singing style was shaped by the example of gospel singers like
DURHAM -- Is there something in the water here? What is it about North Carolinians who succeed on "American Idol," the long-running competitive reality show? Scotty McCreery. Fantasia Barrino. Clay Aiken. Kellie Pickler. Chris Daughtry. Anoop Desai. Bucky Covington.
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