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Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance.
Fantasia Taylor was born Fantasia Barrino to Diane and Joseph Barrino and raised in High Point, North Carolina. Taylor cites Aretha Franklin, Patti La Belle and Tina Turner as her biggest musical influences. R&B duo K-Ci & Jo Jo, formerly of Jodeci, are her first cousins.
This number-one debut made Fantasia the first artist in history to achieve this with a first single.
On the sales chart, the single spent eleven consecutive weeks at number one, giving it the longest consecutive stay on top of that chart for an American Idol contestant.
It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 copies in its first week.
To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in the U. The singles "Truth Is" and "Free Yourself" became R&B hits, reaching number two and number three respectively on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the controversial "Baby Mama"—which critics accused of romanticizing single motherhood and "Truth Is" spent 14 weeks at the number one position.
Taylor was named the number-one artist of the Adult Urban Contemporary format for 2005 according to the December 13, 2005 issue of Billboard magazine.
Through the spring and winter of 2005, Fantasia made many television appearances to promote her album.
In May 2005, Fantasia went on her first tour with her own live band, with soul singers Kem and Rashaan Patterson.
She played Aretha Franklin in an episode of the series American Dreams, singing "Respect", guest voiced on The Simpsons episode "A Star Is Torn", and guest starred as herself in a cameo role on the sitcom All of Us.
She appeared three times as a musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
On April 18, 2013, Fantasia returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience.