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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.Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned Fantasia three Grammy nominations in 2006.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.
As of February 2012, Fantasia 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 April 18, 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.
Fantasia Taylor was born Fantasia Barrino to Diane and Joseph Barrino and raised in High Point, North Carolina. Taylor cites Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle and Tina Turner as her biggest musical influences. R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo, formerly of Jodeci, are her first cousins.