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Her uncles, The Barrino Brothers, were a 1970s R&B band.Despite the travels, she attended Andrews High School in High Point, North Carolina.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.On the finale, over 65 million votes were cast in order to determine the winner on May 26, 2004, up from 24 million in 2003. tour with the other American Idol finalists and appeared in the 2004 Christmas special, Kelly, Ruben and Fantasia: Home For the Holidays as well.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.Feeling embarrassed and harassed after she was raped by a classmate, Taylor's show was a heartfelt staging of the Porgy and Bess standard "Summertime" that left her in tears from "feeling the song" and earned praise from the judges and was named amongst the AOL's 2004 list of greatest television moments.For the final performance of the season, Taylor offered a second performance of "Summertime" that again drew praise from the judges; Simon Cowell remarked that she was the best contestant to ever compete in any competition, including the more than seventy Idol champions crowned nationally and internationally since the show began its first global incarnations.
She rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the reality television series American Idol in 2004.
It debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200, selling 240,000 copies in its first week.
To date, it has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified Platinum in the U. The singles "Truth Is" and "Free Yourself" became R&B hits, reaching number two and number three respectively on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, while the controversial "Baby Mama"—which critics accused of romanticizing single motherhood and "Truth Is" spent 14 weeks at the number one position.
In 2012, VH1 ranked her number 32 out of the 100 Greatest Women in Music.
On April 18, 2013, Taylor returned to American Idol singing "Lose to Win." The performance dubbed "dynamic, passionate and powerful" won her fervent expressions of approval from the show's current judges and a wild ovation from the live audience.