Fantasia to be inducted into N.C. Music Hall of Fame

Feb. 28, 2014 @ 03:08 PM

Fantasia Barrino, the young High Point woman who won season three of “American Idol,” will be inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame this fall.
Barrino is one of four living artists selected for induction, according to Bill Kopald, chairman of the Hall of Fame. The others are Clay Aiken of Raleigh, the 2003 “American Idol” runner-up; The Embers, a popular Raleigh beach band whose hits include “Far Away Places” and “I Love Beach Music;” and country/bluegrass guitarist Jimmy Capps of Benson.
Deceased inductees for 2014 include pop/rock guitarist Link Wray of Dunn; pop vocalist “Little Eva” Boyd of Belhaven; jazz musician/vocalist Talmadge “Tab” Smith of Kinston; and country entertainers Lulu Belle and Scotty (Myrtle Eleanor Cooper and Scott Greene Wiseman) of Boone and Spruce Pine, respectively, who were dubbed “The Sweethearts of Country Music.”
Barrino, now 29, was just a teenager when she rose to fame as the winner of “American Idol” in 2004. Her win launched a music career that has included numerous recordings and television appearances, a role in the Broadway musical “The Color Purple,” a handful of Grammy Award nominations and a Grammy Award, among numerous other distinctions.
The induction ceremony will take place Oct. 16 at the historic Gem Theater in Kannapolis.
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