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Real estate pro sings on the side

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One day in 2004, Allison Gambone was idling in traffic when she was startled to hear her own voice wafting from the radio of the car next to hers. She burst into tears and called her mother. The New York real estate agent probably shouldn't have been so surprised -- after all, she was a fledgling singer who had written and recorded a song, "Can't Go On," that was getting some attention. Still, the reality that a radio station actually would play it hadn't set in until that moment. "That was my entire goal," Gambone says today. "I just wanted to hear myself on a record and I wanted to hear myself on the radio." But her run at fame wasn't a long one, and though "Can't Go On" counted as a bona fide hit, Gambone eventually had to shelve singing in favor of paying the rent. In fact, it was the rent, itself, that had led to a real estate career, and now the 28-year-old manages a bustling Keller Williams Realty office in Queens, N.Y. Thes...