Fantasia Barrino, the winner of the 2004 Reality Contest – American Idol, was described by fans as a vocal powerhouse. She was praised for her raw vocal capacity, which captivated the vocal audience of the talent show and led to her victory.
After her well-deserved victory on American Idol, she released her first single I Believe, and the song made it to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, and her first album Free Yourself was awarded platinum by the RIAA. The album eventually earned her three Grammy nominations this year.
The singer-songwriter prefers several genres, including hip-hop soul, pop, R&B, soul, and gospel music. Here you can find more information about the indestructible music star.
Who Is Fantasia Barrino?
Fantasia Monique Barrino was born on 30 June 1984. She was raised in North Carolina by her parents – Joseph and Diane Barrino. Her father sang in gospel quartets when she was a teenager and her mother worked as a co-pastor at Mercy Outreach.
During her time at Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina, the rising star was a rape victim, and to avoid the embarrassment associated with vice, she had to drop out of school. At the age of 16, Fantasia became pregnant by her boyfriend at the time – Brandel Shouse – and became a mother for the first time at 17.
Fantasia Barrino started her singing career in 2004 after winning the contest of the reality show American Idol. At the age of 19, she was named Idol of the Year, making her the youngest to win the contest (at the time). As a result, she released her first single I Believe in 2005 and then, as mentioned above, her first album Free Yourself. Her second album is called Fantasia, her third is called Back to Me.
She received three Grammy nominations for her debut album, and her second release Fantasia also received two Grammy nominations. In 2011 the songbird won her first Grammy Award in the category Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. The singer has received other awards including the Vibe Music Award – R&B Voice of the Year, the Billboard Music Awards – Best Selling Single of the Year, and several more.
Fantasia made her debut as an actress in 2005 when she portrayed herself in the film Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, based on her own autobiography.
Fantasia Barrino: Husband & Personal Life
The American-born singer is married; on 19 July 2015, she married the American businessman Kendall Taylor. According to records, the couple met in 2013 and officially got engaged in 2014, before getting married in 2015.
Fantasia has revealed that her husband inspires her in her music. The couple seems to be blissfully in love and is reuniting their marriage shortly after their one-year anniversary.
The musician was previously in a relationship with Brandel Shouse, who was her first love. Their relationship lasted from 1998 to 2003 and led to the birth of a daughter – Zion Quari Barrino, who was born on August 8, 2001.
Between 2004 and 2005 she was in a relationship with Michael Clayton, an American footballer. In 2007 she met the American rapper Young Dro, but the relationship ended the following year. Fantasia then dated Antwaun Cook from 2009 to 2011 and became a mother for the second time in 2011.
Here’s All You Should Know About Fantasia Barrino
The singer’s memoirs entitled “Life Is Not a Fairy Tale” were published in September 2005 and became a New York Times bestseller.
Fantasia was accused of dating Antwaun Cook in August 2010 when he was still married. However, she claims that her relationship with Cook began after he separated from his wife.
- Suicide Attempt
The star of American Idol attempted suicide in 2010 with an overdose of aspirin and unidentified sleep aid. Although the incident was not classified as life-threatening, the singer confessed that it was a suicide attempt.
- Genres and songwriting
The singer’s genre is mainly R&B and gospel. Their lyrics are entangled in tension, love, and pain. She also integrates other genres like Reggae, Pop, Hip-Hop, and Funk into her music.
- Net Worth
Fantasia Barrino has a net value of $3 million that has accrued over the years based on her music and contracts.