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Name: Fantasia Monique Barrino                                                       
Born: June 30, 1984 High Point, North Carolina, United States                       
Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is a multiple     
Grammy Award-nominated R&B/soul singer and award-winning Broadway actress who       
rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American     
Idol in 2004. Her first album, Free Yourself, was certified double platinum and     
received four Grammy nominations. Her second album, Fantasia, was certified gold,   
received three Grammy nominations and featured the 8-week #1 Billboard Hot R&B       
hit "When I See U." On April 10, 2007, Fantasia made her stage debut as Celie in     
the Broadway musical, The Color Purple.                                             
Barrino was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, to Diane and Joseph       
Barrino. In her autobiography, Life Is Not A Fairytale, Barrino explains that a     
family rumor suggests her father's family was of Cuban and Trinidadian descent,     
explaining the surname Barrino (a rare surname for African Americans in North       
Carolina). The Barrino Family travelled and performed in the Carolinas and           
elsewhere in the American South and recorded the CD Miracles for a local label.     
Fantasia's singing style was shaped by the example of gospel singers like           
Shirley Caesar and The Clark Sisters. Rhythm and Blues singers such as Patti         
LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan also left a strong impact on young           
She attended T. Wingate Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina. After     
she was raped by a classmate , she was left feeling harassed and embarrassed         
and dropped out of high school. In a later relationship, she became pregnant and,   
at age 17, on August 8, 2001, she gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari. She       
broke up with the father for claims that he physically abused her.