Fantasia rose to fame after she won the American Idol's third edition, in 2004. She went on to release her debut song I Believe, which ranked first on the Billboard Hot 100, and then released her first album, titled “Free Yourself”. It was a massive success and was certified Platinum in just a year. It also received three Grammy Award nominations.
Her second album, a self–titled release, came out in 2006, and spawned a song that topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart for eight straight weeks. It was also certified Gold and was recipient of three Grammy Award nominations. As an actress, she debuted in The Color Purple, a Broadway musical, a role that earned her a Theatre World Award. In 2010, she released her third album; titled “Back to Me”, whose song Bittersweet topped the R&B chart again. It also won her the Grammy Award for the “Best Female R&B Vocal Performance”.
So far, Fantasia has sold about three million records worldwide, and roughly one and a half million singles in the US alone. Whenever Fantasia’s concert takes place, hundreds of her fans pour in. She has come a long way since she was child growing up in High Point, North Carolina and studying at Andrews High School. Unfortunate events led to her dropping out of high school. She then moved to Greensboro, North Carolina and then tried out for the American Idol, whose auditions were taking place in Atlanta.
Fantasia struggled to overcome a traumatic incident that had so affected her life. Her performance of Summertime in the American Idol was so amazing that judges such as Randy Jackson called it the 'best performance in the show's history'. It was even ranked as one of the “Greatest Television Moments” by AOL. During the American Idol finals, she again performed Summertime, this time Simon Cowell, the a judge, went so far as to say that she was 'the best contestant to ever compete in any competition'.
Sixty five million votes were casted to determine American Idol 2004's winner with Fantasia emerging as the undisputed champion, defeating the runner–up by over one million votes. She also became the youngest winner of American Idol. Soon she embarked on a US tour with other American Idol finalists. Since then, she has kicked off a career that has seen her rise to the very top of the R&B industry.
Recently, the artist starred in the Broadway musical, After Midnight, which debuted in 2013 and recorded as well as co–wrote a song for the hit movie The Butler's soundtrack. She has also penned a New York Times best–selling memoir and has performed live at the 2013 American Idol. She has won two Billboard Music Awards, one NAACP Image Award, one Billboard Award , multiple Soul Awards, a Theatre World Award and a Grammy Award in several categories. If you wish to be a part of her live concert, have your Fantasia tickets booked right away.