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    • Fantasia auditioned for the lead role in the musical DreamGirls, starring Beyonce Knowles, Jamie Foxx, and Eddie Murphy. She lost the role to former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson.

    • Fantasia's version of "Summertime" entered the Billboard hot 100 at #1. She is the first female artist to do so with her 1st record.

    • Fantasia's brother Ricco is a back-up singer in her band, while they tour.

    • Fantasia received a Groovevolt Music Award in 2006 for 'Best New Artist'.

    • Fantasia's nicknames are: BoBo, Tasia, and Fantasia Fantastic.

    • Fantasia won the 2004 Billboard Award for 'Song Of The Year' for her first single, "I Believe".

    • Fantasia headlined the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival & the Reggae Sunfest in Jamaica.

    • Fantasia's first single "I Believe" was co-written by former American Idol contestant Tamyra Gray, who also sings backup on it.

    • Fantasia beat out Diana DeGarmo, the runner-up on the third season of American Idol by 1.3 million votes.

    • Fantasia's performance of the hit "Summertime" earned her a spot on the Emmy Awards 2004 list of 'Greatest TV Moments'.

    • Fantasia's cousins are the legendary R&B singers K-Ci & Jo Jo.

    • Fantasia cites Aretha Franklin as her earliest vocal influence, and will get the chance to record with her in December, 2006.

    • Fantasia remade "You Were Always On My Mind", the classic country hit by Willie Nelson.

    • Fantasia had an all-star team assembled for her to work with by Clive Davis that included: Missy Elliot, Kanye West, and Jermaine Dupri.

    • Fantasia worked with M.A.C Cosmetics in 2005 to create two new lip glosses called "Fantabulous 1" and "Fantabulous 2".

    • Fantasia signed on with American Rag Apparel Brand as their new spokeswoman in November of 2005. The company is making a $50,000 contribution to the Youth Aids Charity in her name.

    • Fantasia received an NAACP Image award in 2006 for 'Outstanding Female Artist'.

    • Fantasia's father Joe is suing the publishers of her book, claiming that they lied about her family members, in order to make them look bad, and make the characters more interesting. The libel suit is for ten million dollars.

    • Fantasia is credited with authoring her book Life Is Not A Fairy Tale by the publishers Simon & Shuster, but her grandmother, Addie Collins is actually the ghost writer.

    • Fantasia's book Life Is Not A Fairy Tale was released in 2005, and became a New York Times bestseller, peaking at #7.

    • Fantasia's debut album Free Yourself, was released released in 2004, and earned her four Grammy nominations.

    • Fantasia began singing in her church, with her family's singing group at the age of 5.

    • Fantasia was born and raised in High Point, North Carolina. She attended high school there until she was sexually assaulted, she then dropped out.

    • She has two hit singles released: Truth Is and Free Yourself.

    • She is signed to J Records.

    • While Fantasia was on American Idol, she had trouble reading the cue cards. She says, "That kept me in the box, and I wouldn't come out." She is currently getting tutored in reading.

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