When Ryan Seacrest announced the results in the particular night, Taylor was in the bottom two, but declared safe when LaToya London was eliminated. In June , she released her debut single, " I Believe ", which later debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot This number-one debut made Fantasia the first artist in history to achieve this with a first single.
Taylor also won three Billboard Music Awards for the single. Fantasia released her debut studio album, Free Yourself , in November It debuted at number eight on the Billboard , selling , copies in its first week. To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in the U.
Taylor was named the number-one artist of the Adult Urban Contemporary format for according to the December 13, issue of Billboard magazine. Through the spring and winter of , Fantasia made many television appearances to promote her album. In May , Fantasia went on her first tour with her own live band, with soul singers Kem and Rashaan Patterson. Though she did not win any awards, she performed at the 48th annual telecast with several artists including Aerosmith , Joss Stone , John Legend , Maroon 5 , and Ciara in an all-star tribute to Sly and the Family Stone during the Grammy Award show.
The film was directed by Debbie Allen and debuted on the women's cable network on August 19, The movie received nineteen million viewers throughout its debut weekend. The Fantasia Barrino Story: Life is Not a Fairy Tale has also become Lifetime's second most viewed program of all time.
She released her self-titled second effort, Fantasia , on December 12, After appearing on American Idol and The Oprah Winfrey Show , the musical received a boost of over two million in pre-ticket sales in one week. Leading up to her first performance on April 10, the play garnered a total of 6. While playing the role, Fantasia earned rave reviews for her performance.
New York Post critic Clive Barnes said, " Fantasia was initially scheduled for a limited six-month engagement ending in October but had her run extended until January 6, The Color Purple box office saw a thirty-four-million-dollar jump in sales since Taylor started in the show, a third of the play's million dollar earning since its debut in The New York Post reported that Taylor missed nearly fifty performances in the show, causing the producers to give back tens of thousands of dollars in refunds.
She was ordered to immediately undergo surgery which later revealed that she in fact had a tumor on her vocal cords. She now reports that after a successful surgery, the tumor was completely removed and she is now well. Back to Me and Fantasia for Real[ edit ] Fantasia received two Grammy nominations for her sophomore release, Fantasia and subsequently began work on her third studio album in She stated on the red carpet of the Grammy Awards that the style of the new album would be a blending of the avenues she has touched musically, which include American Idol and Broadway.
She also revealed that she would be writing some of the album's songs and would collaborate again with Missy Elliott, The Underdogs , and Midi Mafia , who produced one of her biggest hits, "When I See U". Midi Mafia produced the majority of Fantasia's third studio album. At the time, they had recorded four songs together. She also worked with songwriter-producer Rich King which spawned two songs for her third release. Fantasia confirmed that about 75 percent of the album was complete by mid, and that fans should've expected a new single by the fall of , with the album due to be released in early This was later delayed, and while recording her new album, Fantasia decided to do a great deal of it the "old fashioned way," inviting a live orchestra to record in the studio with her.
She said that after the release of her third album, she plans to release a gospel album. Fantasia also appeared on Jennifer Hudson 's self-titled album , on the song "I'm His Only Woman", which was nominated for a Grammy Award, though it did not win. To promote the album, Taylor embarked on her first solo concert tour, Back to Me Tour in the fall of In , Fantasia was cast in her first film role, playing gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a biopic based on the book Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.
Fantasia also would receive not only the top salary in the project but a percentage of the box office revenue the film creates. Production was originally planned to begin in October in New Orleans and Chicago with a release date of late and a premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
Barrino's reputation, character and image. With the shutdown, Barrino and all other artists previously signed to these three labels will release her future material on the RCA Records brand. On December 19, , Fantasia premiered her new single, " Lose to Win ". During an interview on Steve Harvey 's morning radio show, Barrino revealed that the album's release date would be March 13, However, on February 28, , via her Facebook page, Fantasia announced that her album would be released on April 23, The album was available for pre-order on March 19, Fantasia starred in the musical revue After Midnight which opened on Broadway on November 3, , with previews beginning on October 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Her role ended on February 9, She had received rave reviews from critics for her performance. New York Post wrote " Barrino's heartfelt performance in "The Color Purple," I was surprised at how smoothly and intuitively she slid into the vocal persona of a jazz singer.
On March 20, , it was announced that Taylor will return to the production for a second stint for four weeks, beginning on May 13 through June 8. Taylor appeared on Dave Koz 's new Christmas album, December 25, which consisted of a collection of Christmas-themed duets. The album was released on September 30, In November, Taylor announced that she had started work on her next album.
She posted a short clip of her and R. Kelly in the studio on her official Instagram account. In it, she revealed she was functionally illiterate and was unable to read the text of contracts she signed or to read to her then four-year-old daughter. Dickens said, "'Her injuries are not life threatening I just wanted out. At that moment I wanted out.
I wanted it to be over with When I went in the hospital, I went into the computer room, and I looked up artists who've been through things, artists who sing from their soul. I took my cues from them, and I just put my mind and everything into music.
In December , a North Carolina judge ruled in Barrino's favor, stating the Cooks' separation date was September 14, , and not June as Paula previously claimed. She did not reveal the name of the father. On December 13, , she gave birth to a son, Dallas Xavier Barrino.