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Fantasia Barrino

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Birth Place:
High Point, North Carolina, USA
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In late 2006, as her multitudes of adoring and loyal fans across North America and around the world contemplated the arrival of her eagerly anticipated second album, simply and aptly titled FANTASIA, the time was right to consider the facts: Her name indeed, had truly become a household word. Say ... (read complete bio)
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Date of Birth: July 30, 1984 (37)

Birth Place: High Point, North Carolina, USA

Bio:
In late 2006, as her multitudes of adoring and loyal fans across North America and around the world contemplated the arrival of her eagerly anticipated second album, simply and aptly titled FANTASIA, the time was right to consider the facts: Her name indeed, had truly become a household word. Say ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer
Performer [Replacement]
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Celie [Replacement]

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Fantasia Barrino

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06/08/2014
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Fantasia Barrino

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06/08/2014
Fantasia Barrino, Brian J. Smith, and Adriane Lenox. Photo

Fantasia Barrino, Brian J. Smith, and Adriane Lenox.

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05/27/2014
The Marchesa (Katherine Crockett) and Fantasia Barrino. Photo

The Marchesa (Katherine Crockett) and Fantasia Barrino.

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05/27/2014

 

Stage

Performances
  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2013
Performer

Performer [Replacement]

  [Broadway]
Original Broadway Production, 2005
Celie [Replacement]

Fantasia Barrino Biography

In late 2006, as her multitudes of adoring and loyal fans across North America and around the world contemplated the arrival of her eagerly anticipated second album, simply and aptly titled FANTASIA, the time was right to consider the facts: Her name indeed, had truly become a household word.
Say the name √Į¬Ņ¬ĹFantasia' and virtually all previous connotations have now fallen by the wayside. It is dizzying to imagine the extent of her accomplishments over the past two and a half years√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺever since her glorious win in May 2004 on the third season of FOX'S American Idol, her immediate signing to J Records by BMG U.S. Chairman & CEO Clive Davis, the release of "I believe" four weeks later in (the first time in Billboard Hot 100 chart history that an artist debuted at #1 with her debut single, which stayed on top for 11 weeks), and the arrival of her RIAA platinum debut album in November, Free Yourself.
Since then, 22-year old Fantasia has gathered award nominations from every corner of the entertainment industry, the Grammy Awards, American Music Awards, Vibe Awards, Soul Train Awards and Soul Train "Lady of Soul" Awards, Billboard Music Awards and R&B & Hip Hop Awards, BET Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Teen Choice Awards√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺmore than 20 nominations in all. Among the honors she has taken home are Outstanding Female Artist at the NAACP Image Awards; and Top-Selling R&B/Hip-Hop Single of the Year and Top-Selling Single of the Year for "I Believe" at the year-end Billboard Music Awards.
The down-to-earth star (and single mom) from High Point, North Carolina√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺwho used a portion of her earnings to buy her mom a new home√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺofficially entered the record books on July 10, 2004. That was when "I Believe" made its Billboard debut at #1, after setting a one-week 2004 Soundscan sales record in the process. The Free Yourself album ultimately spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the R&B Albums chart. The second single, "Turth Is" spent an astounding 13 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Urban Adult chart in the spring of 2005, and had the most one-week airplay totals ever on an adult record in Billboard and Monitor history.
In June 2005, a full year after her debut single, Fantasia-fever was hotter than ever as she became the first female artist to have three of the top five songs on the Adult R&B chart (which began in 1994). Later that month, she became the first artist in history to chart two of the top three songs on the Adult R&B list, with "Truth is" at #2 and "Free Yourself" at #3.
Fantasia's success culminated in a New York Times best-selling autobiography, Life is Not a Fairy Tale (Simon & Schuster, September 2005), a candidly revealing memoir that was adapted as a Lifetime original movie in August 2006. Directed by Debbie Allen, and starring Fantasia as herself, the inspirational biopic was seen by more than 19 million viewers, and ranked as the cable channel's second most watched movie in its 22-year history.
In many ways, the movie liberated the artist, a state of affairs that is celebrated on FANTASIA. "I've let go of things from the past and I'm having a good time," she reflects. "I was able to let go of the past with the Lifetime movie and now I'm on a whole different level. I worked with some really great people on this album like Missy Elliott, Dre & Vidal, Midi Mafia, and Swiss Beatz and I'm letting everyone know that I've moved on from where I was when I recorded my first album."
Fantasia credits being on the road with keeping her connected to her audience: "Sometimes, I pinch myself when I look out there and see all kinds of people, mothers, families, men, women, every race. It feels so good when they say, √Į¬Ņ¬ĹFantasia, you're my girl. I voted for you!' It can be overwhelming, but I'm so grateful to God for allowing me the opportunity to touch people with my music. It comes from a lot of prayer and having a supportive mom, supportive friends and family around me. I'm just so thankful."
High points have been too numerous to count√Į¬Ņ¬Ĺranging from the tender (though funny) send-up on The Simpsons, to her three appearances on NBC's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. She was the first former American Idol winner to reap four Grammy nominations in the same year, as she did in 2006, when she joined the all-star tribute to Sly Stone on the worldwide telecast. Of her many guest akbum appearances, the most fun was the fall 2006 movie soundtrack to the animated Happy Feet, on which Fantasia joined veterans Patti LaBelle and Yolanda Adams for a new trio version of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish."
Fantasia also cites her performance at the United Negro College Fund 2005 tribute to Stevie Wonder as a landmark, and singing for Elton John at The Kennedy Center. But topping them all was singing for Aretha Franklin at the 28th annual UNCF tribute in her honor in September 2006. "I mean singing √Į¬Ņ¬ĹRock Steady' and √Į¬Ņ¬ĹBaby I Love You' right there in front of her√Į¬Ņ¬ĹMeeting her afterwards, I was so nervous, all I could do was cry! I couldn't say a word to her, I just cried!"

Fantasia Barrino Awards and Nominations

 
Theatre World Awards - 2007 - Performance Gold Star
Fantasia Barrino, The Color Purple

Fantasia Barrino News

Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Photo Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie
by Michael Major - May 7, 2022

The musical, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African rhythms, has a book by Marsha Norman with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The film, directed by Blitz Bazawule, will star Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Ciara, and more.

Terrence J. Smith, Tiffany Elle Burgess, and Aba Arthur Join THE COLOR PURPLE Film Photo Terrence J. Smith, Tiffany Elle Burgess, and Aba Arthur Join THE COLOR PURPLE Film
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2022

Three new faces have been added to the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple. Terrence J. Smith will take on the role of 'Adam', Tiffany Elle Burgess will play 'Olivia', and Aba Arthur will also join the cast.

BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER Photo BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Debbie Allen will guest star on a new episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. BroadwayWorld is sharing an exclusive clip from the new episode, featuring Allen as Myrtle, an ostrich-riding cowgirl who raps about the barbecue food she will serve to the Proud Family. Watch the exclusive clip now!

Jon Batiste Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Photo Jon Batiste Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film
by Michael Major - Apr 15, 2022

Jon Batiste has joined the cast of the upcoming musical film adaption of The Color Purple. Batiste will make his feature film acting debut in the film as Grady, a piano man and the husband of Shug Avery, played here by Taraji P. Henson. Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, Ciara, and more are set for the film.

Elizabeth Marvel Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adaption Photo Elizabeth Marvel Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adaption
by Michael Major - Apr 8, 2022

Elizabeth Marvel will play the role of Miss Millie, the unpleasant wife of the mayor, who hires Sofia to be her maid. The film is currently in production in Georgia. Marvel joins a star-studded cast including Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Ciara, Corey Hawkins, Colman Domingo, H.E.R., and Aunjanue Ellis.

Ciara Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film as Nettie Photo Ciara Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film as Nettie
by Michael Major - Mar 23, 2022

Ciara will appear in the film as the adult version of Nettie, sharing the role with Halle Bailey, who will portray the younger version of the character. Ciara is most known for her successful pop and R&B singing career, including hit songs like 'Level Up,' 1, 2, Step' and 'Get Up.'

THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adds David Alan Grier, Louis Gossett, Jr., and More! Photo THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adds David Alan Grier, Louis Gossett, Jr., and More!
by Stephi Wild - Mar 21, 2022

Joining the cast are Louis Gossett, Jr. as 'Ol' Mister', David Alan Grier as 'Reverend Avery', Tamela J. Mann as 'First Lady', Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as 'Young Celie', Deon Cole as 'Alfonso', and Stephen Hill as 'Buster'.

Steven Spielberg States That He's Not Interested in Directing Another Musical Movie Photo Steven Spielberg States That He's Not Interested in Directing Another Musical Movie
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 20, 2022

Yesterday, the Producers Guild of America held their 33rd annual awards ceremony, honoring the most acclaimed film and television directors from 2021. The event took place at the Fairmount Century Plaza in Los Angeles, California.

Jelani Remy, James Harkness & More to Star in THE OSCAR MICHEAUX SUITE Photo Jelani Remy, James Harkness & More to Star in THE OSCAR MICHEAUX SUITE
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 17, 2022

Prospect Theater Company announced today the complete casting for their upcoming work-in-process concert presentation of The Oscar Micheaux Suite. The concert performances of The Oscar Micheaux Suite will take place on Saturday, March 26th at 2pm & 7pm, and Sunday, March 27th at 2pm at 59E59 Theaters (59 East 59th Street).

Wake Up With BWW 2/4: THE COLOR PURPLE Film Casting, SMASH Musical Workshop, and More Photo Wake Up With BWW 2/4: THE COLOR PURPLE Film Casting, SMASH Musical Workshop, and More!
by - Feb 4, 2022

Today's top stories include casting for The Color Purple film adaptation! The movie will be led by Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks in the roles of Celie and Sofia. Plus, the long-awaited musical adaptation of the NBC TV show Smash is planning to have a workshop this summer, and the film adaptation of 13: The Musical is coming to Netflix this year!

Fantasia Barrino Videos

BWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER VideoBWW Exclusive: Debbie Allen Guest Stars on THE PROUD FAMILY: LOUDER & PROUDER
by Michael Major - Apr 19, 2022

Debbie Allen will guest star on a new episode of The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder. BroadwayWorld is sharing an exclusive clip from the new episode, featuring Allen as Myrtle, an ostrich-riding cowgirl who raps about the barbecue food she will serve to the Proud Family. Watch the exclusive clip now!

Celebrating Black History Month: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz Back to Broadway VideoCelebrating Black History Month: AFTER MIDNIGHT Brings Jazz Back to Broadway
by BroadwayWorld TV - Feb 11, 2021

Today we celebrate Black History Month by taking a closer look at After Midnight. Directed and choreographed by Warren Carlyle, it played for 273 performances at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The revue is based on Cotton Club Parade, which ran in concert at Encores! in 2011 and 2012. The revue takes place 'after midnight' in New York's Harlem.

VIDEO: Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington & More Honor Debbie Allen in Celebration of DAN VideoVIDEO: Mariah Carey, Kerry Washington & More Honor Debbie Allen in Celebration of DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER
by Stage Tube - Dec 10, 2020

Mariah Carey, Dolly Parton, Shonda Rhimes, Kerry Washington and more send DEBBIE ALLEN kind words and virtual flowers in celebration of her new Netflix documentary, DANCE DREAMS: HOT CHOCOLATE NUTCRACKER.

VIDEO: Debbie Allen Talks About Making THE NUTCRACKER Inclusive on THE KELLY CLARKSON VideoVIDEO: Debbie Allen Talks About Making THE NUTCRACKER Inclusive on THE KELLY CLARKSON SHOW
by Stage Tube - Nov 24, 2020

Debbie Allen is shaking up the ballet world with her new show that puts a modern and inclusive spin on 'The Nutcracker.'

VIDEO: Will Ryan Seacrest Host Return of AMERICAN IDOL on ABC? He Responds!
by Caryn Robbins - May 8, 2017

On today's LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN, host Ryan Seacrest responded to rumors that he will return as host of AMERICAN IDOL, reportedly coming to ABC in 2018. Watch the clip below!

VIDEO: Idols Unite! Jennifer Hudson & Fantasia Perform on AMERICAN IDOL Series Finale
by Caryn Robbins - Apr 8, 2016

On last night's AMERICAN IDOL, the 'original Three Divas': Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia Barrino, and LaToya London, reunited for an incredible performance of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Remember The Music.'

VIDEO: Fantasia & IDOL's La'Porsha Knock It Outta the Park with 'Summertime' Duet
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 12, 2016

On last night's AMERICAN IDOL, contestant La'Porsha Renae poured her emotions into her duet Fantasia Barrino for a performance of the Ella Fitzgerald classic 'Summertime.'

VIDEO: Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban Reflect on Final Season of AMERICAN IDOL
by - Feb 4, 2016

AMERICAN IDOL judges Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. reflect on what the final season of the long-running singing competition means to them.

VIDEO: Check Out Sneak Peeks at AMERICAN IDOL's Hollywood Week, Beginning Tonight!
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 27, 2016

'AMERICAN IDOL' Hollywood Week kicks off tonight on FOX. Who will make the final cut? Below, watch sneak peeks of Trent Harmon, Jessica Cabral and Daltron Rapattoni on tonight's show airing at 8/7c on FOX.

VIDEO: Watch AMERICAN IDOL's Last Audition Ever!
by Caryn Robbins - Jan 22, 2016

Below, watch contestant Manny Torres cover Maroon 5's 'This Love' as the show's final first round audition.


Fantasia Barrino Frequently Asked Questions

How many Broadway shows has Fantasia Barrino been in?
Fantasia Barrino has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Fantasia Barrino been in?
Fantasia Barrino has not appeared in the West End

What awards has Fantasia Barrino been nominated for?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Color Purple .

What awards has Fantasia Barrino won?
Performance (Theatre World Awards) for The Color Purple.