She later achieved her first number one on the Country Airplay chart with its title track. Her first public performances followed with a kids choir and an annual vacation spot that offered karaoke.
She sang in church, restaurants, family holiday gatherings and anywhere within a 30-mile radius of where she lived.
But obviously, the singer also known as Mercedes Jones made it onto the Fox Network anyway.
(And one of her biggest standout solo performances on ' Glee' was "And I Am Telling You," a song famously performed by Idols like Jennifer Hudson and La Kisha Jones.) "You know what? Thank you, ' American Idol,'" Amber later gloated to Access Hollywood.
The film opens in theaters nationwide Friday September 6, 2002.