Fantasia, singer
birth name: Fantasia Monique Barrino


June 30, 1984, High Point, NC

When Fantasia won season 3 of American Idol back in 2004, it was not only her emotional delivery and the unique way she phrased a song that cinched the crown for her. She was the singer who could do it all. Those who remember her incredible performance of the country classic You Were Always On My Mind won’t be surprised that she nails her latest single, a country/soul fusion, Ugly. ~ MJS Big Blog: Listen To Fantasia's New Country Song “Ugly” ~ April 11, 2016 © MJS Big Blog

Powerful gospel-tinged vocals. ~ Allmusic: Fantasia ~ retrieved May 27, 2016 © Allmusic

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Way back during season 3 of American Idol, fans were introduced to a trio of singers known as “the three divas”: Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson, and Latoya London. Since then, all three have gone on to successful careers: Fantasia is a Grammy-winning artist, Hudson is an Oscar winner for her work in Dreamgirls, and London is a stage actress (fun fact: all three have appeared in The Color Purple). When the three came together to reunite for the Idol finale earlier this week, Fantasia told Billboard she was overwhelmed with emotion. “It brought back so many memories. Those girls are soulful girls, and to bless the stage with them again meant everything to me,” she said. ~ Billboard: American Idol 3 Winner Fantasia Barrino Talks 3 Divas Reunion, Album Plans & More ~ April 9, 2016 © Billboard

Fantasia ~ Ranked #32 VH-1 100 Greatest Women In Music in 2012.

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