June 30: Songstress Fantasia Barrino Was Born On This Date In 1984

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By Victor Trammell

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In High Point, North Carolina, on June 30, 1984, Fantasia Monique Barrino-Taylor was born.

On the foundation of her abilities as an R&B singer and actress, she has created a wonderful legacy. Fantasia gained notoriety in 2004 as the champion of the third season of the reality competition program American Idol. After winning, she released “I Believe,” her debut song, which landed at the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Fantasia then released Free Yourself, her debut album, which was later Platinum-certified by the RIAA and earned Barrino three Grammy nominations in 2006.

In addition, she issued Fantasia, her sophomore album, in 2006. It included the hit “When I See U,” which spent eight weeks atop the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs list. The RIAA awarded this album a Gold certification, and it garnered three Grammy bids in 2008. After that, she took on the role of Celie in the Broadway production of The Color Purple, for which she was honored with a 2007 Theatre World Award.

Back to Me, her third studio album was made available globally on August 24, 2010. It includes the R&B chart-topping single “Bittersweet,” which reached the top ten. She received a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for the song. Fantasia has moved over 2.8 million LPs and over 1.4 million singles in the U.S. as of February 2012. She was voted 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music by VH1 in 2012.

Fantasia was enshrined in the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in October 2014.

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