‘American Idol’ Winner Just Sam Gets Honest About Life After the Show

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American Idol Season 18 winner Just Sam took to her Instagram stories this week to answer a few frequently asked questions from fans about her career and why she hasn’t been releasing new music. The singer got honest about what life has been like since leaving the show.


Just Sam Answers Questions About Her Music Career

Sam said a lot of people have been asking if she’s still making music, to which she responded, “I am making as much music as I possibly can. As I can, you know, afford.”

After winning Idol, Sam signed to Hollywood Records/Industrial Media’s 19 Recordings and released a song called “Africando,” but she said last year that she parted ways with the label. Sam explained that it’s not easy to be so young and paying for her own music to be produced.

“I have bills to pay, and American Idol is not gonna pay my bills,” Sam said. “Lionel Richie is not gonna pay my bills. Katy Perry is not gonna pay my bills. Luke Bryan is not gonna pay my bills. I have 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.”


Sam said people seem to wonder why she’s not making music, to which she replied, “I am making music. I just can’t afford to release music, because mixing and mastering music costs a lot of money. And I invested in myself and ended up broke.”

SEE ALSO: ‘IDOL’ WINNER JUST SAM RETURNS TO SUBWAY SINGING AS FANS RUSH TO SHOW SUPPORT

Would Sam Consider Starting a GoFundMe?

Sam explained that she had to pay a lot of money after leaving her label “to claim songs that I had already recorded.” She said she wants to put music out, but shared, “How can I put music before rent? I’d literally be back in the place that I was in before the show if I did that.”


The singer then opened her stories up to questions for fans. One person asked if Sam would consider starting a GoFundMe so fans could help her pay for her music. Sam said she wasn’t sure that was a good idea, because “it’s just giving people more crap to talk about me.”

For now, you can listen to Sam’s singles “Africando” and “Change” on Spotify.

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