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I caught a lot of flak for being a young mama.
– Fantasia Barrino
Have a little faith. Don’t give up.
I think my purpose was just to get out and sing. I love to sing. I wasn’t even in it for the – you know, the prize. I was, like, ‘Hey, man, I’m going to sing.’
I’m very soulful. I grew up singing in church. When I sing a song, I like to feel what I’m singing.
I’ve never been in a competition before, and I said I’m going to go. I think – I just love to sing.
I always say you’ve only got one life to live, and you’re not promised a tomorrow. So, you might as well just have a good time with it.
I seemed so different from other kids; I grew up in church and felt a connection with God, and a lot of kids my age really didn’t understand that.
I been through some things but I worked hard to get to where I’m at.
When I realized I was having trouble reading, I was too embarrassed to ask for help. Some teachers believed in me, but I just wasn’t focused on school – I was into the music and trying to please my dad.
You’ve got to make it a good example for those kids regardless of how much you mess up.
I want people to just to see, all you got to do is have a little faith.
I wanted people to see me, to change their minds about me.
My lips are big, but my talent is bigger.
I like to play dress up, I’m in love with fashion.
It’s always good when you can bring two artists together who are totally different.
I feel like a good mom. I’m a strong woman now… Don’t look down on me. Pray for me because I’m trying.
I’ve been wanting to sing for a long time. I’ve been singing all my life, and I’ve tried different record companies, but it seemed like – it was such a struggle and so hard to get out there. So, I said, ‘I’m gonna go on American Idol and see how far it takes me.’
I want to still be singing at 70 years old. I want to be open to the dreams I haven’t even dreamed up.
When I’m out on the stage, it gives me this rush and anything that’s on my mind and everything I’m going through is forgotten about.
I want to do all types of music, music for all people. I want my music to be encouraging, to help people.
‘Cause when I had my child, people tried to make me feel like life was over for me, and I started to believe that.