Although often compared to many soul legends, Fantasia Barrino is in a class of her own. A powerhouse vocalist whose singing took root in her family's church, Fantasia beat thousands to compete in the third season of Fox's record-breaking series, "American Idol." Fantasia's raw, soul-stirring voice and down home personality quickly made her the audience favorite, and her titanic win catapulted her into stardom.
Fantasia signed with music legend, and RCA Records Chairman, Clive Davis to record her debut album. Davis assembled an all-star team for Fantasia, including super hit makers Missy Elliott, Jermaine Dupri, The Underdogs, Harold Lilly and Soulshock & Karlin. The result was "Free Yourself," a groundbreaking, platinum album.
At just 20 years of age, Fantasia was the first artist in the history of the Billboards Hot 100 chart to debut at #1 with her first single, "I Believe." Shortly thereafter, she became the first singer to simultaneously have two of the top three songs on the Billboard chart. Her single, "Truth Is" spent fourteen weeks in the number one position. Fantasia's second album featured the #1 R&B single, "When I See U," and achieved certified gold status. To date, Fantasia has been nominated for eight Grammy awards, sealing her status as the voice of soul for her generation.
Although music is her first love, Fantasia has garnered success in a multitude of disciplines. In 2005, Fantasia penned her first memoir, "Life is Not a Fairytale," which was a New York Times bestseller. And she made her acting debut starring as herself in a television movie based on the book. In 2007, Fantasia accepted Oprah Winfrey's offer to play the lead role in the Broadway play, "The Color Purple." Fantasia has performed as the much-celebrated "Celie" for sold-out audiences all over the country.
In 2009, Fantasia began working on her highly-anticipated third CD and was approached by Vh1 to star in her own reality television show. The series provides a unique look into Fantasia's multifaceted life, her role as a young mother and her close-knit, musical family. Her "can do" attitude and hilarious personality are sure to inspire and entertain audiences nationwide.
Known affectionately to Fantasia and the Barrino family as "Aunt Bunny," Addie Washington was born in Benettsville, South Carolina. As Diane's "bossy" older sister, Bunny has taken on the responsibility of keeping the Barrino family grounded and honest. She is the proud mother of two girls --Terra and Tiera Washington, who spend their summers with the Barrino children.
Bunny attended Rutledge Business College in North Carolina and trained to be a travel agent, but her biggest regret is that she did not complete her college degree. She intends to re-enroll in college this year. Bunny is currently employed by Verizon Wireless and is relocating to Charlotte, North Carolina to assist Fantasia. Her greatest hope is that Fantasia reaches her potential as an artist and a person.
Brian Dickens was born in Yonkers, New York, and raised West Virginia. At a young age, he fell in love with music and knew that he wanted to work with artists.
Brian started BD Management in 1989, booking performances for a variety of singers, including Erykah Badu and Patti LaBelle. In 2006, Brian booked American Idol phenom, Fantasia Barrino for a concert and the rest was history. He became her full-time manager and is now focusing on propelling Fantasia to even greater heights.
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Diane Barrino-Barber is a bible teacher and minister of the gospel. The daughter of a pastor, Barrino-Barber accepted her own calling and was ordained in 1997 by Pastor Kevin Shouse of Greater Mount Calvary Church. She currently serves as Co-Pastor of Mercy Outreach Church of Deliverance in North Carolina under the leadership of her mother, Pastor Addie Collins.
Evangelist Barrino-Barber is also a gifted vocalist and songwriter. She, her first husband, and children toured as "The Barrino Family" and recorded several CD's. It was this early exposure to singing and performing that her daughter, American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, largely credits for her success.
Evangelist Diane Barrino-Barber is married to Mr. James Barber. In addition to her daughter Fantasia, she is mother to Kassim "Ricco", Joseph "Teeny" and Xavier Barrino. She and her family now reside in Charlotte.
Joe Barrino, the new "Don" of R&B, is an all-around entertainer who is doing things his way. A product of a musical family, Joe has combined his gospel, soul and hip-hop roots to launch a new wave of R&B music.
Even as a child, Barrino felt destined to live a life in entertainment. At a young age, he toured with K-Ci & Jo-Jo, the dynamic R&B duo of the hit-making 90's group, Jodeci. And when his sister, Fantasia took the world by storm as the 2004 winner of American Idol, he knew that his unveiling would soon follow.
Joe is an independent producer, a member of the R&B group, Infinity and is working on his debut solo album, "In a Class of My Own." The self-proclaimed "Don of R&B" is here, so fans get ready.
Ricco Barrino, AKA "Puerto Ricco," was born in High Point, North Carolina with music in his genes. His passion for music was ignited at an early age by his musical family, and Ricco spent most of his childhood listening to musical legends like Prince, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Sam Cooke and George Clinton.
Ricco started his first band at the age of 11, and has been developing his own rich and unique musical sound ever since. And when his younger sister, Fantasia won American Idol in 2004, Ricco sang background on her tours with Kanye West, Common, Keyshia Cole and Patti Labelle.
Performing with Fantasia fueled Ricco's drive to become a successful solo artist. He began collaborating with producer Keith Mack of rap legend T.I.'s Grand Hustle Records, and joined the Grand Hustle family in 2008. Ricco began establishing a name for himself as a singer and songwriter while working with T.I., Young Jeezy, Jazze Pha, Day 26, R. Kelly, Angie Stone and The Backstreet Boys. Ricco is currently in the studio working on his first solo project, to be released in 2010.