Fantasia Monique Taylor (née Barrino; born 30 June 1984), known professionally by her mononym Fantasia, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. Following her victory, she released her debut single, “I Believe,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. She released her debut album, Free Yourself. Which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and gave her three Grammy nominations in 2006. She released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single “When I See U” which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks.

The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple. For which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award. Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on 24 August 2010 and features the single “Bittersweet”.  Which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Taylor has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States. In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

On 18 April 2013, Fantasia 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. Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance. In November 2013, Taylor returned to Broadway in the musical After Midnight. On 16 October 2014, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame. Fantasia has been nicknamed “Baby Patti LaBelle” by her idol Patti LaBelle.


Artist: Fantasia
Title: I Made It
Album: The Definition of…
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Title: Without Me
Album: Side Effects of You
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Title: Even Angels
Title: Back to Me (Explicit)
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Title: I’m Not That Type
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Artist: Fantasia
Title: I Believe
Album: Free Yourself
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Title: When I See U
Album: R&B Anthems Classic Jams (Explicit)
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Since winning American Idol in 2004, Taylor has sold over three million records and won numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, three Billboard Awards, three NAACP Image Awards and two ASCAP Awards. Her first single, “I Believe” topped the Billboard Hot 100 at number-one, making Taylor the first artist in history to achieve this with a first single. I Believe remained at number-one for eleven consecutive weeks, giving it the longest consecutive stay on top of that chart for an American Idol contestant. In 2005, Taylor was named the number-one artist of the Adult Urban Contemporary format, according to the 13 December 2005 issue of Billboard magazine. In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.

Taylor was the first artist of any kind to simultaneously hold the top two spots of the top three on the Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay. Her song, “Truth Is” spent fourteen weeks at the number-one position. Taylor’s American Idol performance of the Porgy and Bess standard “Summertime” was named amongst the AOL’s 2004 list of greatest television moments. Over the course of her career, Taylor has inspired other artists, including American Idol season eleven contestant Joshua Ledet who was dubbed “Mantasia” by fans, the media and even Taylor herself. Actress Amber Riley revealed her admiration for Taylor in an interview on The Arsenio Hall Show and cited her as an “inspiration.”

Studio albums
The Definition of… (2016).  Side Effects of You (2013), Back to Me (2010). Fantasia (2006), Free Yourself (2004).


The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale (2006) Television film – Nominated for NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special, Tobacco Valley Role: Lenna Davis-Franklin.

After Midnight (Role: Special guest star 2013–2014). The Color Purple (Role: Celie 2007).


The Definition Of… Tour (2016). Side Effects of You Tour (2013). Back to Me Tour (2010-11).


American Idols LIVE! Tour 2004 (with the Top 10 finalist of American Idol 2004). Fantasia & Anthony Hamilton: Live in Concert (with Anthony Hamilton 2016). Annual Summer Jam (with Maxwell and Ro James 2016).

Opening act

2013 World Tour (for Andrea Bocelli 2013). Touch the Sky (for Kanye West 2005). Unpredictable Tour (for Jamie Foxx 2006). Intimacy Tour (for Kem 2011).


Billboard Music Awards – Top Selling Single of the Year (“I Believe”). Top Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year (“I Believe”) (2004 Won). NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Female Artist (2005 Won). Billboard American Urban Radio Networks – Top R&B/Hip-Hop Single (“I Believe”) (2005 Won). Emmis Communications/Hot-97 “KISS-FM” Phenomenal Woman Award – Phenomenal Woman (2005 Won). Vibe Music Award – R&B Voice of the Year (2005 Won). ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards – Most Performed Song (“Free Yourself”) (2006 Won). ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Awards – Most Performed Song (“Truth is”) (2006 Won). Groovevolt Music Awards – Best New Artist (2006 Won). Theatre World Award – Outstanding Broadway Debut Performance – “The Color Purple” (2007 Honoree). Award – Favorite (Female) Replacement – “The Color Purple” (2007 Won). Greensboro sit-ins Organization – Founder’s Appreciation Award (2008 Won). NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Duo or Group (with Jennifer Hudson) (2009 Won). Barbados Music Awards – International Award of Excellence (2010 Won). Grammy Awards – Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (“Bittersweet”) (2011 Won). NAACP Image Award – Outstanding Song (“Bittersweet”) (2011 Won). NAACP Theater Award – Distinguished Honoree (2011 Won). Grammy Producers Brunch – BOE Global Artist Award (2013 Won).

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