The winner of “American Idol” season 18 in 2020, made a complete 360 and is back where she started singing, in New York City subway stations. Just Sam is her name and she is a New York native. since winning the singing competition show, Sam parted ways with Hollywood Records and tried releasing music without help from a music label. Just Same went on her IG stories to explain Hollywood is different from what it seems. “Back in 2021, I was super embarrassed to be going back to the trains. I didn’t want people to know that I legit needed the money. I didn’t want people to know that it wasn’t optional. I was disappointed in myself for allowing myself to fall so low after winning Idol, but then I had to take it easy on myself and remember that I started my journey with Idol at 20 years old.”
STILL BEING STRONG
Even though things didn't pan out to how she wanted it to go, she still does what makes her happy. “I have people who are helping me. I’m putting out music when I can and when it’s ready. It’s just hard because I’m coming out of pocket and I have bills to pay. And American Idol is not going to pay my bills. Lionel Richie’s not going to pay my bills. Katy Perry’s not going to pay my bills. Luke Bryan is not going to pay my bills. I have to pay my rent. I have to make sure that I’m eating every day, which is hard to do.” In my opinion, she may be going about this situation all wrong. Instead of singing in the subways, she could be singing at lounges in Manhattan and go on the local circuit. She reportedly admitted that she "used to feel like I let myself and everyone down too" but holds faith "that there's more coming for me." "I know that everything happens for a reason and I know that this too shall pass no matter what things may look like right now,"
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