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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.
After winning American Idol, Fantasia signed to J Records with 19 Entertainment and began work on her debut album.
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.
Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band.
The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008.