Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Grammy Awards: Miley Cyrus, Lorde play pre-Grammys Clive Davis gala [PHOTOS]

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The iconic mogul's annual gala drew a cavalcade of stars headed for Sunday night's Grammys.
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Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

Fantasia to appear in 'After Midnight' musical revue on Broadway

NEW YORK, July 20 (UPI) -- Fantasia Barrino has been tapped to appear in the Broadway musical revue, "After Midnight," a celebration of Duke Ellington, the Los Angeles Times reported.

'Idol' winner Fantasia sued over bank debt

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- A lawsuit says 2004 "American Idol" champion Fantasia Barrino owes a bank more than $25,000 for unspecified reasons.

Maroulis of 'Idol' headed to Broadway

NEW YORK, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Former "American Idol" standout Constantine Maroulis will join a Broadway production of "Rock of Ages" in New York, producers say.
Funeral held for Hudson family members

Funeral held for Hudson family members

CHICAGO, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- A private funeral was held at a Chicago church Monday for three members of singer-actress Jennifer Hudson's family.

'Idol' winner Fantasia on Broadway

NEW YORK, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- "American Idol" season three winner Fantasia Barrino will tackle the lead role of "The Color Purple" on Broadway in New York beginning in April. Her musical stage appearance as Miss Celie was announced last week on "American Idol," during which Barrino sa

'Idol's' Jackson ready to judge

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson says he is gearing up for the sixth season of the U.S. mega-hit by not knowing what to expect and then being surprised.

Father of 'Idol' champ sues over book

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- The father of "American Idol" champ Fantasia Barrino filed a $10 million lawsuit in New York Tuesday claiming he was libeled in her 2005 biography.

Idols not idle on American airwaves

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Get ready for an onslaught of albums to hit U.S. store shelves from "American Idol" winners and wannabes in the coming weeks.

'Idol' Fantasia wows 'em at Aretha tribute

HOLLYWOOD, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino was getting raves Saturday for her performance at the taping of a tribute to Aretha Franklin in Hollywood.

Apollo Theater set to display new look

NEW YORK, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- New York's Apollo Theater re-opens this week after a recent remodeling to revamp the famed Harlem locale's image. The Apollo will open its doors on Wednesday for its traditional "Amateur Night at the Apollo" and those in attendance will be able to see the

'Idol' denies Fantasia pressured to quit

LOS ANGELES, July 31 (UPI) -- Producers of Fox TV's "American Idol" say a Lifetime movie about Fantasia Barrino falsely claims she was pressured to quit the talent competition.

No 'real Idol' judges in Fantasia flick

NEW YORK, June 2 (UPI) -- Stock footage of Fox TV's "American Idol" judges will be used in the Lifetime network's TV biopic about 2004 winner Fantasia Barrino.

Lifetime preps for Fantasia biopic

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Cable TV's Lifetime network Friday said preparations are under way to start shooting a movie about and starring "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino.

Lifetime puts Fantasia's life on film

LOS ANGELES, March 23 (UPI) -- The inspiring story of "American Idol" winner Fantasia Barrino is being put on film for the Lifetime cable network.
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Fantasia Barrino
American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino arrives at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards at MGM in Las Vegas, December 8, 2004. (UPI Photo/Roger Williams)

Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), commonly known as Fantasia, is an American R&B/soul singer, Broadway and television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. She has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. After playing the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, she is cast to be in the film adaptation of the musical.

Fantasia Barrino was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina, to Joseph and Diane Barrino. In her autobiography Life Is Not a Fairy Tale, Fantasia, who is African American, explains that a family rumor suggests her father was of Cuban descent, but there are no sources to verify that claim. Fantasia is 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 & Blues singers such as Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Patti LaBelle, and Chaka Khan also left a strong impact on young Fantasia.

She attended Andrews High School in High Point. After she was raped by a classmate, she was left feeling harassed and embarrassed and dropped out of high school. She later became pregnant at age sixteen and on August 8, 2000, she gave birth to her daughter, Zion Quari Barrino. She broke up with Zion's father because he was physically abusive towards her. Fantasia then briefly moved to neighboring Greensboro, North Carolina before trying out for the American Idol Auditions in Atlanta.

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