In 2004, Fantasia Barrino was the winner of American Idol’s third season. She has been quite musically active since then. If you have not kept up with her career, though, you might be wondering what ever happened to her. Here’s what happened:
After American Idol, Fantasia Barrino immediately released her single, “I Believe,” followed shortly thereafter by her first album, “Free Yourself.” The single debuted at number one and the album went Platinum, earning four Grammy nominations in the year 2006. The next album, Fantasia, went gold and earned three Grammy nominations in the year 2008. Taking a break from recording music, she starred in the Broadway version of The Color Purple. In 2010, Fantasia released her third album, Back To Me. She reportedly plans to star in a motion picture version of The Color Purple. [Source: Fantasia_Barrino – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_Barrino.]
Whew! Fantasia Barrino has been busy. Even though she does not grab as many headlines as some of the other American Idols, I rank her among the top five most successful American Idol alums.
Naturally, there has been some controversy in her young career. Remember her 2005 song, “Baby Mama”? [See, Baby_Mama – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Mama] I remember the controversy that swirled around that single. In the song, Fantasia Barrino seems to be encouraging single girls (high school girls, presumably, because many of her fans were quite young) to have babies outside of wedlock. Because most Americans agree that it is best to be raised by adults who are married, this suggestion met with a degree of public outcry.
This outcry did little to harm Fantasia Barrino’s career and, in fact, might have helped it by giving her a publicity boost after American Idol was over. Whatever the causes, though, it is indisputable that Fantasia has managed to cobble together a solid career after the end of her reality TV stardom.
Baby_Mama – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_Mama.
Fantasia_Barrino – Wikipedia. Downloaded October 20, 2010 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fantasia_Barrino.