Fantasia is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004. 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.


In 2006, she released her second album, Fantasia, which featured the single "When I See U" which topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for eight weeks. The album was certified Gold by the RIAA and received three Grammy nominations in 2008. 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. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. As of February 2012, Fantasia has sold 2,842,000 albums and 1,425,000 tracks in the United States. In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.


On April 18, 2013, Fantasia returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience. Moreover, she has received rave reviews in the media for the performance. In November 2013, Fantasia returned to Broadway in the musical After Midnight. On October 16, 2014, she was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame.


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Linkin' Bridge is a musical group consisting of Louisville natives Big Rome, Montre Davis, Shon China Lacy, Ekoe Alexanda. Montre and China are cousins that have known each other all their lives. The pair met the two other members when they were teenagers.

They are best known for their warm harmonies and emotional performances. Whether on stage, on a corner, these guys deliver power and conviction driven by their passion to unite the world through music and love. Montre Davis, a crooner and soul-singer; Big Rome Kimbrough-the vocal powerhouse and family man; China Lacy-the rhythmic, gritty tenor and Ekoe Alexanda - the Renaissance man, musical arranger and versatile vocalist; have each evolved on different paths, but have come together as one sound to inspire the hearts of many.

The group grew up in the hip-hop era, listening to Run–D.M.C., Tupac, and N.W.A. Their goal is to take their message to the masses with controversy and comedy.


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