Samantha Jade at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby in May 2013
|Birth name||Samantha Jade Gibbs|
18 April 1987 |
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
|Genres||R&B, pop, dance, electronic|
|Years active||2002-2010, 2012-present|
Samantha Jade Gibbs (born 18 April 1987), known as Samantha Jade, is an Australian singer-songwriter, actress and former child model from Perth, Western Australia. She has written tracks for artists including JoJo and Ashley Tisdale. On 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth series of The X Factor (Australia), the first female to win the Australian series. She subsequently signed with Sony Music Australia and released her winner's single "What You've Done to Me", which debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart.
Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia, Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jacquie Gibbs is of Scottish descent. Jade also has two younger brothers, Alex and Thomas "TJ" Gibbs. She began modeling at the age of four and at age nine she won a talent show after singing "Amazing Grace". She attended Hampton Senior High School.
In 2002, Jade's friend sent her demo to a record producer in Los Angeles, California, who then decided to send Jade and her family to Hollywood for a meeting. The following year, they moved to Los Angeles. In 2004, she signed with US record label Jive Records and began recording a few demo tracks.
In 2002 her first studio recordings were made with Platinum mixer/producer Conley Abrams in Los Angeles but these were recorded for a Perth label which folded that year. That year, a song she co-wrote, "Secret Love", was recorded by JoJo for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shark Tale. In 2004 Jade signed a multiple album recording contract with US record label Jive Records.
In 2006 Jade recorded the title track "Step Up" for the 2006 Universal Pictures Dance Drama film Step Up which was produced by Rapper and Music Producer Wyclef Jean. The single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at #92. In 2007 Jade released her follow-up single "Turn Around". It was sent to mainstream radio in the United States on 14 August 2007, as the lead single from Jade's debut album, My Name is Samantha Jade. Upon initial release, "Turn Around" debuted and peaked at number 83 on the ARIA Singles Chart, but upon Jade winning the fourth season of The X Factor in 2012, the song re-entered and peaked at number 53.
Jade began recording the album with music producers Darkchild, Timbaland, Max Martin and Stargate. The album suffered numerous set-backs and was not released. After three years with the label, My Name is Samantha Jade was never released. In 2007 Jade co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on the track "Positivity" on Ashley Tisdale's debut album Headstrong.
Jade was later dropped from Jive Records and attempted to continue to work on music independently with American record label Affinity West Entertainment. Jade recorded the controversial "Golden Touch" album for the label, it wasn't released until 2012.  That same year Jade made her acting debut in the film Beneath the Blue a sequel to Eye of the Dolphin. The film was released in 2009. Jade notably recorded a track the following year with David Guetta and Laidback Luke for David Guetta's fourth studio album One Love which was released in August. The track did not make the final track-listing but is featured as a bonus track on certain international releases. In July 2009 Jade released her third single "Secret" in Australia which failed to chart. The official music video for the single was directed by Valerie Babayan. In August 2009 Jade performed on Kerri-Anne to promote the single. In 2010, Jade relocated to Perth and began working at her father's mining factory counting stock.
2012: The X Factor Australia and Samantha Jade
In a final attempt to return to the music industry, Jade successfully auditioned for the fourth series of The X Factor in 2012, singing The Script's "Breakeven", during which judge Guy Sebastian notably teared up. During the Super boot camp, Jade sang “It Aint Over Till It’s Over” by Lenny Kravitz and “No Air” by Jordin Sparks, she advanced to the home visits. Jade made it to the home visits as part of the Over 25s category.
For the first live performance show on 17 September 2012, she sang Katy Perry's "Wide Awake" and received praise from all four judges. Keating said "I'm going to get in trouble for saying this but that was better than Katy Perry", while Sebastian added that "Every singer in the country just literally went 'Oh my gosh'" but, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Adil Memon but was saved after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Sebastian all opted to eliminate Memon. In the fifth week, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Angel Tupai but was saved via deadlock after Jade and Tupai receiving two votes each, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote leading to Angel Tupai receiving the fewest votes and was eliminated. In the seventh week, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Nathaniel Willemse but was saved via deadlock.
In the semi-finals of the competition, Jade sang "Heartless" and "Where Have You Been", she advanced to the finals. During the grand final decider, on 20 November 2012, Jade was announced as the winner. She received a recording contract with record label Sony Music Australia and a Nissan Dualis car.
|The X Factor season 4 performances and results|
|Show||Theme||Song choice||Original artist||Order||Result|
|Auditions||Free choice||"Breakeven"||The Script||N/A||Through to super bootcamp|
|Super bootcamp||"No Air"||Jordin Sparks||Through to home visits|
|Home Visits||"Bleeding Love"||Leona Lewis||Through to live shows|
|Week 1||Judges' Choice||"Wide Awake"||Katy Perry||7||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown||"Without You"||Mariah Carey||2||Saved|
|Week 2||Party All Night||"Freefallin"||Zoë Badwi||9||Safe|
|Week 3||Top 10 Hits||"Everytime"||Britney Spears||5||Safe|
|Week 4||Legends||"Run to You"||Whitney Houston||4||Safe|
|Week 5||1980s||"You Can't Hurry Love"||The Supremes||6||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown||"I Will Be"||Leona Lewis||2||Saved via deadlock|
|Week 6||Latest and Greatest||"Scream"||Usher||7||Safe|
|Week 7||Made in Australia||"UFO" /||Sneaky Sound System||1||Bottom two|
|Final Showdown||"At Last"||Etta James||1||Saved via deadlock|
|Week 8||Judges' Challenge||"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)"||Kelly Clarkson||3||Safe|
|Semi-final||Power and Passion||"Heartless"||Kanye West||2||Safe|
|"Where Have You Been"||Rihanna||6|
|Final||Audition song||"Breakeven"||The Script||3||Safe|
|Last shot song||"Take a Bow"||Rihanna||7|
|Song of the series||"Scream"||Usher||5|
|Winner's single||"What You've Done to Me"||Jade||1||Winner|
denotes having reached the ARIA Singles Chart. denotes to having been bottom two.
After winning The X Factor, Jade's winner's single "What You've Done to Me" was released digitally via iTunes. After three days of release, the song debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. It was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 210,000 copies. Jade's self-titled debut album was released on 7 December 2012, featuring re-recorded versions of the songs she performed on The X Factor. The album debuted at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold, denoting shipments of 35,000 copies.
2013–present: INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and second album
In January 2013, Jade headlined the X Factor Live Tour performing shows in the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. In February 2013, Jade began writing and recording for her second studio album. The lead single "Firestarter" was released on 28 June 2013. It debuted and peaked at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Platinum, for selling 70,000 copies. In August 2013, Jade performed in Indonesia for RCTI's 24th anniversary television special, X Factor Around the World, along with The Collective, Jahméne Douglas, Melanie Amaro, Novita Dewi and Fatin Shidqia. Jade performed "Firestarter" in the first week of the fifth season of The X Factor. During her performance on The X Factor, it was announced that Jade is working on her second album. She won 'Best Video' for "Firestarter" at the 27th ARIA Music Awards. Jade released a second single from her upcoming album, entitled "Soldier" on 15 November 2013, which peaked at number 17 and was later certified Gold, for selling 35,000 copies. In the same month Jade released a jewellery line that she co-designed with DIVA accessories.
On 24 January 2014, Jade released a cover of "I Am Australian" with Dami Im, Jessica Mauboy, Justice Crew, Nathaniel Willemse and Taylor Henderson, to coincide with the Australia Day celebrations. The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart. Jade played Kylie Minogue in the mini-series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, televised on the Seven Network in February 2014. "Up!" will be released as the third single from Jade's second studio album on 11 April 2014.
Jade previously lived in Los Angeles, California, in order for Jade to pursue her singing career. After struggling to get a new record deal in the United States, Jade moved back to Perth and began working at her father's warehouse in Guildford, Western Australia. She later relocated to Sydney, New South Wales, where she was a makeup artist while still gigging. Jade is also good friends with former X factor contestants, Bella Ferraro, Johnny Ruffo, Nathaniel Willhemse, Angel Tupai and Will Singe. Jade was in a seven year relationship with Swedish music producer, Christian Nilsson that ended in mid-2013. Jade is currently single.
The Golden Touch controversies
Following Jade's win on the X-Factor, Samantha's former record label, Camp West Recorders released her original first album The Golden Touch on 5 December 2012 and was published on iTunes without Jade or Sony Music’s permission. Camp West Recorders released that album, did so without Samantha Jade’s knowledge. Camp West Recorders Inc company presidents John Harris and Ty Knox sued Jade for damages and alleged contract breaches as well as Sony Music, Parade Artists, FremantleMedia Australia and Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment. Camp West Recorders presidents John Harris and Ty Knox claim that they are entitled to a share of Jade's income because they signed a development deal with her when she moved to Los Angeles at age 15 to launch a music career, and that Camp West's contract with her is still valid. The pair also claim they spent $2 million developing her as an artist. She recorded an album in 2006, titled "My Name is Samantha Jade" for Jive Records, but the album was never released, and she was dropped from Jive.
- The Golden Touch (2012)
- Samantha Jade (2012)
Awards and nominations
|2012||Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards||Favourite Single of 2012 ("What You've Done to Me")||Nominated|
|Favourite Album of 2012 (Samantha Jade)||Nominated|
|Favourite Australian Female Artist||Won|
|Breakthrough Artist of 2012||Nominated|
|2013||Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless, Female Awards||Singer||Nominated|
|ARIA Music Awards||Song of the Year ("What You've Done to Me")||Nominated|
|Best Video ("Firestarter")||Won|
|Channel [V] Awards||[V] Oz Artist of the Year||Nominated|
|Poprepublic.tv Awards||Favourite Australian Female Artist||Nominated|
|Favourite Single of 2013 ("Firestarter")||Nominated|
|2014||Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards||Aussies' Fave Homegrown Talent||Pending|
|World Music Awards||World's Best Female Artist||Pending|
|World's Best Live Act||Pending|
|World's Best Entertainer of the Year||Pending|
|World's Best Song ("Firestarter")||Pending|
|World's Best Video ("Firestarter")||Pending|
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