After negative publicity tainted her clean-cut image, MCA dropped her and let her move to a label that would embrace her "bad girl" image.
During a mall tour for Nautica Kids, Lava/Atlantic Records noticed Ford.
On Saturday, August 25, 2007, she married long time boyfriend, Mike Modano, 37-yr old center for the Dallas Stars, in a private, sunset ceremony at the East Texas Barefoot Ranch, owned by Dallas businessman Benny & Stephanie Bray.
In 1999, Ford, performing under the stage name Mandah, signed with MCA, which released her song "Lullaby" on the double platinum soundtrack Pokemon: The First Movie.
She also landed a spot as an opening act for the Backstreet Boys.
She was ranked #100 on the FHM 100 Sexiest Women of 2004.
She ranked #1 in Stuff's Sexiest Women of the Summer in 2005.
On the Fox News Channel late night show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld (June 26, 2007), Ford said she had a 4.25 GPA when she left high school at the end of her junior year to start her professional career, but that she had to obtain a GED rather than graduate.
She has also admitted to cheating her way through school and owes much of her educational success to her fellow classmates for helping her with her school work until she later dropped out at the end of her junior year to pursue her singing career.Ford's song, "I Wanna Be Bad," became the theme song for the Six Flags amusement park chain and was also used by 7 Up for an advertising campaign. Although fans were excited to hear new material, Ford wanted to ditch it and start over.The hit single was also featured on the Totally Hits collection. During Fords appearances, hosting and modeling, she began working on her untitled second album which contained the songs F. In 2003, Ford released the female empowerment dance song "A Toast to Men," which featured guest rapper Lady May.Shortly thereafter, Lava/Atlantic gave Ford a deal and put her into their recording studio with a diverse group of writers and producers.Unlike some teen singers, Ford preferred to write most of her lyrics.Ford advanced from the chorus to the role of featured soloist.