Fantasia Barrino is an American R&B singer, actress, and a songwriter. She is best known a the winner of the American Idol in 2004. Fantasia has also won a Grammy Award in the category of Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, for her single Bittersweet.
Fantasia Barrino's Early Life
Fantasia Barrino born on June 30, 1984, is known as an R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. Born Fantasia Monique Barrino to parents mother Diane Barrino and father Joseph Barrino, she was raised in High Point, North Carolina. Fantasia Barrino belongs to American nationality and African American ethnicity.
Talking about her educational background, Fantasia attended the Andrews High School situated in North Carolina. She dropped out of school after being raped by a classmate.
Is Fantasia Still Illiterate?
Since she dropped out of school early and has attended school after that, we can say that Fantasia Barrino is still illiterate.
Fantasia Barrino's Career
Fantasia Barrino first performed Summertime that left everyone in tears and earned praise from judges. It was also listed as the greatest television moments among the AOL’s 2004 list.
The 34 years' old, Fantasia Barrino again performed Summertime for the final performance receiving praise from judges. Simon Cowell also remarked her as the best contestant to ever compete in any competition.
Taylor won against Diana DeGarmo by 1.3 million votes on May 26, 2004. She became the youngest American idol winning the title at the age 19 until 2007 when 17-year-old Jordin Sparks won the title.
Taylor also participated in the U.S tour along with other finalist and also appeared in the 2004 Christmas Special with Kelly, Ruben, and Fantasia: Home for the holidays as well.
She also appeared thrice as a guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. On March 25, 2005, Fantasia Barrino performed in honor of then-Illinois Senator Barack Obama at the thirty-sixth NAACP Image Awards.
On May 2005, Fantasia Barrino with her own live band went on her first tour. Later in October, she received good notices as an opening act for Kanye West’s Touch the Sky Tour. In 2006, she performed in all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone along with Aerosmith, Joss Stone, John Legend, Maroon 5, and Ciara during the Grammy Award show.
After her victory, she released her debut single I Believe which debuted at number one on Billboard Hot 100. Soon after her single debut, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which was certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned three Grammy nominations in 2006.
The American Idol season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino signed to J Records with 19 entertainment and worked on her debut album. Her studio album debuted at number eight on a billboard, selling 240,000 copies in its first week and over two million copies till date.
Fantasia Barrino has also appeared in many television series such as American Dreams as Aretha Franklin singing Respect, she also guests voice on The Simpsons episode A Star Is Torn, she also guests starred in All of Us.
Fantasia Barrino also had much musical collaboration during the fall of 2006 including the remake of The Clark Sisters ‘endow Me’ featuring Faith Evans, Lil Mo and Coko of SWV, another remake of Stevie Wonder’s 1976 song I Wish along with Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams for the soundtrack of 2006 animated movie Happy Feet.
Fantasia played herself in a lifetime television film based on her own autobiography Life is not a Fairy Tale which was directed by Debbie Allen. It received nineteen million views throughout its debut.
On December 12, 2006, she dropped her self-titled second album Fantasia. In February 2007, Taylor appeared and performed in American Idol and announced her role in The Color Purple.
Fantasia was also given the Theatre World Award and The best Replacement star Broadway.com Award for her outstanding stage performance. Fantasia received two Grammy awards nomination for her sophomore release Fantasia.
Fantasia Barrino-Taylor was also cast as Celie by Oprah Winfrey in the film adaption of The Color Purple. Fantasia also appeared on Jennifer Hudson’s song I’m His Only Woman from her Self-titled album which got nominated for 2009 Grammy award.
Fantasia’s third album Back to Me was released on August 24, 2010. She also performed America the Beautiful at WWE WrestleMania XXVI.
Taylor also appeared on Charlie Wilson’s album Just Charlie, on I want to be your man. She also appeared as a guest judge of RuPaul’s Drag Race alongside Wanye Brady, on episode 11.
On February 12, 2011, Fantasia Barrino won her first Grammy for Bittersweet for Best Female Vocal Performance. The same year she was cast in her first film role portraying a gospel singer Mahalia Jackson a biopic based on the 1993 book Got to Tell it: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.
In 2014, Taylor appeared on Dave Koz’s new Christmas album, December 25, which was released on September 30, 2014, and consisted collection of Christmas-themed duets.
Taylor showcased her versatility while starring in Broadway musicals The Color Purple as well as her mini-tour with Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli. Taylor also co-wrote the theme song In the middle of the night of the movie The Butler.
Fantasia Barrino's Personal Life: Marriage, Affair, Dating
Before getting married Fantasia Barrino had a list of boyfriends she dated. She was dating Michael Clayton a former NFL player, she dated rapper Young Dro from 2008-2009. And in 2010, she dated Antwaun Cook, whose wife Paula Cook accused her of pursuing a relationship with her husband despite the knowledge of their existing marriage.
On December 13, 2011, she gave birth to a baby boy, Dallas Xavier Barrino whose fathers' name is not revealed.
Fantasia Barrino got married to a businessman Kendall Taylor on July 18, 2015. Although the duo does not have kids together. She gave birth to her daughter Zion Quari Barrino at the age of 16 on August 8, 2001, with her ex-boyfriend, Brandel Shouse.
On August 2010, Barrino got hospitalized due to overdosing on aspirin. She confirmed the incident as a suicide attempt.
Fantasia Barrino's Earnings
The American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino lives lavishly at her house in Glynmoor Lakes at Piper Glen community which she bought for $740 thousand. She also had a house in Charolle North Carolina which cost about $1.3 million. Fantasia Barrino tried to sell the house for a loss but it couldn't be sold.
What is singer Fantasia's net worth?
Fantasia Barrino's exact salary may not be revealed but her net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. She has earned most of her net worth from the sales of her record albums. Further, she has also acted in several movies which have paid her fairly.
Fantasia Barrino's body measurements
Fantasia Barrino stands tall with an average height of five feet and seven inches ( 170 cms) and has a body weight of 58 kgs (128 lbs). Her body measurements are 36-26-34 inches.