AMERICAN Idol winner Just Sam asks for ‘patience’ as she responds to ‘sad’ fans after returning to sing on the New York subways.
The singer, who rose to prominence after winning season 18 of American Idol, recently announced that she’s back busking on the subway.
Just Sam, who was born Samantha Diaz, posted a video to Instagram earlier this week of herself singing the Beyoncé hit If I Were A Boy.
The 24-year-old captioned the post: “I know it will sadden a lot of people and confuse a lot of people if I go back to busking for money but please don’t worry. That’s just part of the story, not the end of it.
The singing competition winner continued, “I sincerely trust God and I know there is more to come. In the last two weeks alone, many people have shown me love and many people have helped me.” Finding ways to support me on my journey.
Sam ended the caption by saying, “In the meantime, I’m asking you all to just bear with me because God is NOT done with me yet!!”
They signed it, “Love, Samantha Diaz aka Just Sam.”
Fans wrote encouraging messages to the singer in the comments section of the post.
One person commented, “I come to New York a few times a year for work. Every time I get on the subway I pray I see you. You are right where you are.” [meant] to be… it’s all in God’s timing.”
Another fan remarked, “You’re not accountable to anyone. You just keep going, your head held high and trusting your path. You have a gift… we believe in you. May God give you more faith.”
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While a third commenter explained, “You are enough and doing enough.”
Just Sam was signed to Hollywood Records but left the label before ever recording a song.
This led to the musician owing money to the record company, which led to her go bankrupt.
But in an Instagram Story update, the idol champion told her fans that she’s actually doing just fine.
“I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the love and support,” Sam shared.
The “Pain is Power” singer spoke as she walked outside under a completely overcast sky.
She looked warm in a pink sweater under a white windbreaker and orange jacket. But she admitted that she felt tired.
“I can’t believe how many people have reached out to me.”
Sam said music icons like record producer Timbaland and rapper Lil Durk have each come out to show their support and ask how they can help.
“So many people come forward just to show their love and make sure I’m okay,” she continued. “I’m just so grateful.”
Earlier this month, Samantha posted one Video took to Instagram singing on the New York subway and explained how she went broke after the finale.
Just Sam won the 2020 singing competition, beating Arthur Gunn.
In the new video, she held her sound system, a water bottle and a donation box in front of her as she performed a song.
The American Idol winner wore army pants, a t-shirt and a jacket.
Just Sam made a heartbreaking confession in her lengthy post.
“In 2021 I was totally embarrassed to have to go back to the train. I didn’t want people to know I really needed the money, and I didn’t want people to know it wasn’t optional,” she wrote.
“I was disappointed in myself for dropping so low after winning Idol, but then I had to take it easy and remember that I started my journey with Idol when I was 20 years old. I didn’t even know anything about Hollywood or the music industry.”
The 2020 winner continued, “Since then I’ve learned so much and been able to take my experiences and share them with other artists hoping they don’t experience the same things I did when it came to making it.” in this life.
“My season had COVID-19 that literally brought the world to a standstill and a lot of people were in hiding not knowing what was going to happen next.
“I was very unsure of what was to come. A few months after the win, I wasn’t sure what was coming next, but I was ready and waiting for whatever was to come.”
Just Sam continued: “Everyone wants to know what happened and why this or why that and I’ll answer those questions one day but in the meantime I’ll say this. I never expected to win but I did, I was so grateful and I know people feel like I let them down.
“I used to feel like I was letting myself down and everyone else. I know there’s more to come. I know that everything happens for a reason and I know that no matter how things are going, that too will pass.”
“I’m not like any other contestant who’s ever had the chance to be a part of the American Idol production. My year was unlike any other.”
“My grandmother is who I have and who I always had, and she knows absolutely nothing about the music industry. She just knows how to listen and praise a good singer when she hears one,” she shared.
Just Sam concluded: “We didn’t know what to do with the win, mostly because we had absolutely no help. There are people who have had more success than me and that’s good for them. I’m happy for her, but I’m not.” Her. I don’t like my situation, but it won’t stay like this forever.