Sure, every now and then you have some random person who gets discovered and skyrockets into a household name. But for 99.97% of successful musicians, it's a long road full of grinding it out, and often with multiple failures along the way.
From gigging endlessly for small crowds to self-funding tours, many artists have definitely paid their due before hitting it big. Before this particular singer was a household name, they fronted a band in the '80s known as the Miami Latin Boys.
Do you know who this singer is?