"It was rough going. I slept on the couch in a recording studio for two years," says Christine.
Slowly, she began to connect. She worked with John Legend, performed at New York's legendary The Bitter End night club in Greenwich Village, made some recordings and started getting a name in the entertainment industry.
But the road to Hollywood is full of potholes. Last summer, she found herself on her own, without a producer or manager.
"So I decided to audition for 'American Idol'," says Christine. "I thought it would be a good way to get some exposure."
And while she had confidence in her talent, she had no idea if she was what "Idol'' was looking for this season.
"It's reality television, so you never know," says Christine.
Her audition show aired on Jan. 16, the day before Christine's 27th birthday.
"Quite the birthday present," says her mom.
The singer watched the episode — twice — at home in Madison with the whole family.
"The first time, I made everyone watch in total silence, so I could hear every single thing," says Christine. "The second time through, I let them talk."
Since the show was aired, Christine has heard from friends, classmates, teachers and neighbors.
"I'm getting lots of friend requests on Facebook," says Christine. "Everyone's so supportive. It's really great. I'm so honored to be representing my high school, my town and Connecticut."
Since Christine and her family are sworn to secrecy, they can't talk about what happens next on the show. What they can talk about is how she'll handle any future successes.
Number one rule? No heart-stopping phone calls to mom.
"She has strict orders never to do that again," says Fahey.
"American Idol" airs on FoxCT on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m.