Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band.

Despite the travels, Barrino attended Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina.

The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance.

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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.

This number-one debut made Fantasia the first artist in history to achieve this with a first single.

On the sales chart, the single spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one, giving it the longest consecutive stay on top of that chart for an American Idol contestant.

In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

On April 18, 2013, Barrino returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience.

Feeling embarrassed and harassed after she was raped by a classmate, Barrino's show was a heartfelt staging of the Porgy and Bess standard "Summertime" that left her in tears from "feeling the song" and earned praise from the judges and was named amongst the AOL's 2004 list of greatest television moments.

For the final performance of the season, Barrino offered a second performance of "Summertime" that again drew praise from the judges; Simon Cowell remarked that she was the best contestant to ever compete in any competition, including the more than seventy Idol champions crowned nationally and internationally since the show began its first global incarnations.

known professionally by her mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress.