On the finale, over 65 million votes were cast in order to determine the winner on May 26, 2004, up from 24 million in 2003. tour with the other American Idol finalists and appeared in the 2004 Christmas special, Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia: Home For the Holidays as well.At age 19, she was the youngest American Idol winner until May 23, 2007, when then 17-year-old Jordin Sparks won the title. Taylor's brother auditioned for the eighth season of American idol but failed to make it to the Hollywood round.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.
She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award.Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart.Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned Fantasia three Grammy nominations in 2006.Taylor also won three Billboard Music Awards for the single.
Fantasia released her debut studio album, Free Yourself, in November 2004.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.On March 25, 2005, Fantasia performed at the thirty-sixth NAACP Image Awards in honor of Illinois Senator Barack Obama after winning the award for Outstanding Female Artist.In May 2005, Fantasia went on her first tour with her own live band, with soul singers Kem and Rashaan Patterson.Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band.