Jones said while she failed to win the televised singing contest, the popularity she earned from being on 'Idol' earned her a role in a Broadway production of "The Color Purple" and enabled her to create her first solo album, due out in stores Oct. 21.
"I am glad to be me," Jones told People. "I may not have won 'American Idol,' but I have won because I'm able to provide a better life for me and my daughter and that's all I've ever wanted."
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