Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band.
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.
Following her victory, she released her debut single, "I Believe," which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
Subsequently, she released her debut album, Free Yourself, which went on to be certified Platinum by the RIAA and earned Fantasia three Grammy nominations in 2006.
She then played the part of Celie in the Broadway musical The Color Purple, for which she won a 2007 Theatre World Award.
Her third studio album, Back to Me, was released worldwide on August 24, 2010 and features the single "Bittersweet," which peaked in the top ten on the R&B chart.