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JOSH GRACIN'S SHAKY START

Former American Idol singer-turned country star Josh Gracin was just 16 when he first went to Nashville to try his luck. But unfortunately, Josh and his family were taken for thousands of dollars when he put his trust in a scam-artist producer. "I came down here with my dad and recorded a demo CD and tried to make it at 16, 17 and spent a lot of time," recalled Josh. "But, being a young kid you think everything should be handed to you and you don't have to work for it, and I was just sitting there and nothing happened." Josh adds that his family "spent $7,000 on the sessions, recorded some covers that I did and some original songs from writers, and when we were ready to make the record, he ran off with the DAT and all the masters and the money. So, I got discouraged and didn't want to do it anymore and I went home." To add insult to injury, they tried to track the producer down, only to find that he'd taken Josh's masters to Australia, released a single there and sold over 400,000 copies of the record down there.

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