Fantasia Barrino Barrino began singing in her church at the age of five. She was a member of The Barrino Family, a group that travelled and performed in The Carolinas and elsewhere in the American South. The group was popular but was taken advantage of in bad business dealings.
Barrino has a young daughter, Zion Quari' Barrino, whom she had as a teenage single mother on August 8, 2001. She dropped out of high school due to a rape incident that left her feeling embarrassed and harassed.
Her cousins are R&B singers K-Ci (Cedric Hailey) and Jo-Jo (Joel Hailey) who formed the singing group Jodeci along with the DeGrate brothers in 1990.