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She may have won with her version of American Idol}'s 2004 single "I Believe,"} but it was her passionate take on George Gershwin}'s "Summertime"} that had everyone talking weeks after she had performed. That she delivers teen pop} and classics from the American songbook with equal conviction is a testament to the versatility of singer Fantasia Barrino}. Confident to the degree you could consider her brash, Barrino} seemed an unlikely candidate to take the teen-oriented show's title at first glance, but with her dynamic gospel}-tinged voice that never failed her, she not only became the Idol} judges' obvious favorite, but the American public's, too. Born and raised in High Point, NC, Barrino} fell in love with music through the recordings of Monica}, Brandy}, Aretha Franklin}, Pink}, and -- in keeping with her diversity -- Aerosmith}. Being a 19-year-old single mother and an Idol} finalist had some of the media mumbling and sneering, but the always-certain Barrino} paid no mind. Becoming a mother at the age of 17 had focused Barrino} and given her the strength and drive to audition for the show in Atlanta. Out of 70,000 hopefuls, Barrino} earned her way to the top by adjusting her style to whatever genre was thrown at her. Upon beating runner-up Diana DeGarmo}, Barrino}'s first words as American Idol 2004 were "I broke my shoe!" Numerous appearances on talk shows and a cameo on the television show American Dreams} -- playing the role of her beloved Aretha Franklin} -- followed. Barrino} made history when she became the first artist in history to debut at number one with her first single, "I Believe"} -- written by Idol} alum Tamyra Gray}. J-Records} released her full-length debut, Free Yourself}, in November of 2004. ~ David Jeffries, All Music Guide

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