American Idol winner Fantasia uses her voice and life to inspire others!

American Idol's Fantasia uses her golden voice to change lives!

When people think of magical voices, American Idol’s Fantasia Barrino is listed right up there with the best of them.  Her voice has the ability to take you on a musical journey that is so electric that you’ll find yourself wanting to hear more and more.

Fantasia, the one name sensation, has gone on to do some incredible things with her life since winning the coveted #1 spot on American Idol, at just the tender age of 19 years old.  We have gone on the ride with her as a lot of her life’s journey played out in television and in magazine’s, right before our very eyes.  It is no secret that this musical powerhouse has had her share of very high moments and even lower moments. 

Fantasia, as she is long known by her millions of fans has been very forthcoming about her mistakes and shortcomings; it’s actually one of the things that has made her so endearing to her fans.  She has shared with us many personal details of her life, from being raped by a high school boy-crush she had, to trying to fit in with the in-crowd at her high school, to her teen pregnancy, to her being in physically abusive relationships.

Fantasia has led a life as full as the full-range voice that she sings with, and has taken us on the journey every step of the way. Still, of all of the trials she has worked to overcome in her life, one of the most important things she is most proud of is her dedication to learning how to read, and sharing with others the importance of being able to read.  The latest in an education news study states that there are over 30 million American adults that are functioning illiterates, who cannot read, write, or do basic math.   

Have you ever been ashamed about one of your inabilities? Have you ever said to yourself, “What would people say about me if they knew this?”  Well imagine you and your entire life being played out on the world stage for all to see!

It’s these types of questions that American Idol winner Fantasia asked herself over and over again.  Fantasia became really adept at hiding her illiteracy: so much so, when she was caught by others in some type of reading infraction, she would cover it up by saying something comical, and/or blame her mistake on the fact that she was “country and didn’t know any better.”  She spent a lot of time figuring out how to work around her reading inability. 

Fantasia’s inability to read was unfortunately generational. Fantasia struggled at reading because some of her closest family members couldn’t read either (i.e. her mother).  Fantasia has even admitted that it took her mother a long time to admit that to her. 

It’s been said that what was heartbreaking for Fantasia and was basically the turning point for her, was when she could not read a book to Zion, her daughter, who at the time was four years old.  Apparently, that hurt Fantasia so much that she teamed up with tutors so that she could learn the important life skill of reading. 

Fantasia went on multiple television networks and shared her story of illiteracy in hopes to get others to learn how to read.

Now, at the age of 34, Fantasia is a mother of two, married to Kendall Taylor, and looking forward to making even more great music with her fabulous voice.  She wants to continue to inspire and help others through her music, and eventually open up a home for troubled teen girls.  We look forward to seeing what the future holds for Fantasia and her family. God bless the child that’s got her own!

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