Fantasia Barrino became a superstar after rising to fame on American Idol — winning the third season of the iconic competition. But while the show may have been her big break, she sure hasn’t stopped hustling since. Here’s a closer look at how Fantasia is still turning heads.

While she couldn’t have known she would one day become a professional singer, Fantasia did realize that she had some serious pipes, at an early age. Entertainment Weekly reported that by the age of 5, her dad was even encouraging her to sing at family events. Fantasia also grew up singing in church, where her mother and grandmother were ministers.

But her dad wasn’t the only one to notice her talent. As she told O magazine, a woman was once moved to tears by Fantasia’s vocal stylings. At the time, Fantasia was just 9 years old.

She went on to put her talents to good use by singing with the family gospel group, the Barrino Family. Fantasia toured with them, and even sang on two albums that they produced while she was still in school. Keep watching to learn why Fantasia Barrino’s Transformation Is Seriously Turning Heads!


All about the music | 0:00
Walking away from school | 1:19
Motherhood at 17 | 2:05
Fantasia’s big break | 2:59
Bestselling author | 4:03
The Color Purple | 5:05
Getting real about it | 6:05
Struggling with depression | 6:55
Marrying…herself? | 7:58
A controversial couple | 8:56
Not letting it go to her head | 10:00
Ditching her record label | 10:49
Focusing on her family | 11:56

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