That’s what happened earlier this month when Katelyn Clampett released the addictive new country single “The Trouble with the Truth.”
Don’t remember Katelyn?
Little wonder. Despite undeniable talent, the former Berklee College of Music grad failed to make the semifinals on American Idol in Season 9.
She did make the Top 12 on Bravo’s “Platinum Hit” in 2011, with Kara Dioguardi and Jewel as judges, but that show was … well, let’s say lightly watched.
Since then, according to her website, she’s been working as a songwriter, producer and background musician.
She spent two years touring with Selena Gomez and The Scene as a background singer. She also toured with Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice as a background singer, keyboardist and acoustic guitarist.
She also released a fine five-track EP called “Strictly Business” that showed off her musical diversity, whether belting out a rocker (“Gimme a Beat”) or singing a country-ish ballad (“He’s No You”).
Now she’s back to releasing her own music, with more on the way, according to her Facebook page.
As for “Trouble with the Truth,” here’s what Katelyn says about the song on her website.
“As a writer, I want to say the things other people would, and do, shy away from. I’m unabashedly obsessed with the truth, and I wrote this song as a way to be fully honest with myself, with my relationships and my experiences — to just let the cat out of the bag, and to encourage other people to do the same.
“I love country music, and in a world of trucks, beer and red dirt roads, I wanted to say something different — something real, something that I might be a little afraid to put out.”
Here’s the song.