Samantha Jade

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Samantha Jade
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Background information
Birth name Samantha Jade Gibbs
Born (1987-04-18) 18 April 1987 (age 27)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Genres R&B, pop, dance,[1] electronic
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 2002–2009, 2012–present
Labels Jive, Sony
Website www.samanthajadeofficial.com

Samantha Jade Gibbs (born 18 April 1987) 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.

Early life[edit]

Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia.[2] Her father, Kevin Gibbs is of Anglo-Indian descent, while her mother, Jacqueline Deans Gibbs was of Scottish descent.[3] Jade also has two younger brothers, Alex and Thomas "TJ" Gibbs.[3] Her mother died on 8 June 2014 after a short battle with cancer.[4] Jade began modelling at the age of four and at age nine she won a talent show after singing "Amazing Grace".[5] She attended Good Shepherd Catholic Primary School and Hampton Senior High School.[6][7]

Career[edit]

2002–2010: Beginnings[edit]

Jade at the Sony Foundation Youth Cancer Campaign.

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.[8] In 2004, she signed with US record label Jive Records and began recording a few demo tracks.[5] That year, a song she co-wrote, "Secret Love", was recorded by JoJo for the soundtrack of the 2004 film Shark Tale.[5]

In 2006, Jade recorded the title track "Step Up" for the 2006 dance film Step Up.[9] The song was written by Diane Warren and produced by rapper Wyclef Jean.[5] The single which had little promotion appeared for one week on the Billboard Pop 100 peaking at number 92.[10] 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.[11][12] Upon initial release, "Turn Around" debuted and peaked at number 83 on the ARIA Singles Chart,[13] but upon Jade winning the fourth series of The X Factor in 2012, the song re-entered and peaked at number 53.[1] After three years with the label, My Name is Samantha Jade was never released.[8][14][15] In 2007 Jade co-wrote and sang back-up vocals on the track "Positivity" on Ashley Tisdale's debut album Headstrong.[16]

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.[17] That same year Jade made her acting debut in the film Beneath the Blue a sequel to Eye of the Dolphin.[18] The film was released in 2009.[19] 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.[20] 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.[21] In 2010, Jade relocated to Perth and began working at her father's mining factory counting stock.[22]

2012: The X Factor Australia and Samantha Jade[edit]

"I was so overwhelmed and things had changed so much in my life – and things are still changing every day. I'm just grateful to be where I am right now and I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I'm living the dream, literally, and working really hard to do my best for everyone that supported me through it all. I'm back to being me again, which is really nice. The show really brought me back to life. It's nice to be back in a good place again,"

—Jade speaking about her time on The X Factor.

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.[23] Jade progressed to the super bootcamp stage of the competition, where she sang "It Ain't Over 'til It's Over" by Lenny Kravitz and "No Air" by Jordin Sparks.[2] She then advanced to the home visits round as part of the Over 25s category, which was mentored by Sebastian.[2] He later selected Jade, along with Justin Standley and Nathaniel Willemse, for the live finals—a series of ten weekly live shows in which contestants are progressively eliminated by public vote.

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'."[24] However, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Adil Memon but was saved after Keating, Bassingthwaighte and Sebastian all opted to eliminate Memon.[25] In the fifth week, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Angel Tupai. After they received two votes each, the result was deadlock and reverted to the earlier public vote leading to Tupai receiving the fewest votes and being eliminated.[26][27] In the seventh week, Jade fell into the bottom two alongside Willemse but was saved via deadlock.[28][29]

In the semi-finals of the competition, Jade sang "Heartless" and "Where Have You Been", she advanced to the finals.[30] 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.[31]

     denotes having entered the ARIA Singles Chart.      denotes having been in the bottom two.      denotes winner.

Jade in 2012

After winning The X Factor, Jade's winner's single "What You've Done to Me" was released digitally via iTunes.[32] After three days of release, the song debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart.[33] It was certified triple platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), denoting sales of 210,000 copies.[34] 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.[35] The album debuted at number three on the ARIA Albums Chart and was certified gold, denoting shipments of 35,000 copies.[36][37]

On 5 December 2012, Jade's former record label Camp West Recorders released her original first album The Golden Touch on iTunes without Jade or Sony Music's permission.[38][39] 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.[40] Harris and Knox claimed that they were 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 was still valid.[40] The pair also claimed they spent $2 million developing her as an artist.[40][41]

2013–present: INXS: Never Tear Us Apart and Second studio album[edit]

Jade at the Sydney premiere of The Great Gatsby in May 2013.

In January 2013, Jade headlined The X Factor Live Tour performing shows in the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.[42] The lead single from Jade's second studio album, entitled "Firestarter" was released on 28 June 2013.[43][44] It debuted and peaked at number nine on the ARIA Singles Chart and was certified Platinum, for selling 70,000 copies.[34][36] 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.[45] Jade performed "Firestarter" in the first week of the fifth season of The X Factor.[46] During her performance on The X Factor, it was announced that Jade is working on her second album.[46] She won 'Best Video' for "Firestarter" at the 27th ARIA Music Awards.[47] 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.[36][48]

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.[49][50] The song peaked at number 51 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[51] Jade played Kylie Minogue in the mini-series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, televised on the Seven Network in February 2014.[52][53] Jade released a third single on 11 April 2014, from her second album entitled "Up!".[54] It peaked at number 18 and was later certified Gold, for selling 35,000 copies.[36][48] On 3 September 2014, Jade performed in Los Angeles as part of Nova FM's Red Room Global Tour.[55] Jade's next single "Sweet Talk" was released on 21 November 2014,[56] with her second album scheduled for release in early 2015.[57]

Artistry[edit]

Jade cites Beyoncé, Robyn and Mariah Carey as her musical influences.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Jade previously lived in Los Angeles, California, in order for Jade to pursue her singing career.[58] 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.[8][14] She later relocated to Sydney, New South Wales, where she was a makeup artist while still gigging.[14]

Concert tours[edit]

Headlining
  • The X Factor Live Tour (2013)[42]
  • Nova's Red Room Global Tour (2014)[55]

Discography[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Type Award Result
2012 Poprepublic.tv IT List Awards[59][60] 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[61] Singer Nominated
ARIA Music Awards[62] Song of the Year ("What You've Done to Me") Nominated
Best Video ("Firestarter") Won
Channel [V] Awards[63] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
Poprepublic.tv Awards[64] Favourite Australian Female Artist Nominated
Favourite Single of 2013 ("Firestarter") Nominated
2014 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards[65] Aussies' Fave Homegrown Talent Nominated
World Music Awards World's Best Female Artist[66] Nominated
World's Best Live Act[67] Nominated
World's Best Entertainer of the Year[68] Nominated
World's Best Song ("Firestarter")[69] Nominated
World's Best Video ("Firestarter")[70] Nominated
APRA Music Awards[71] Pop Work of the Year ("What You've Done to Me") Nominated
Cosmopolitan Fun, Fearless, Female Awards[72] Singer Nominated
Channel [V] Awards[73] [V] Oz Artist of the Year Nominated
WA Music Award[74] Best Pop Act Nominated

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Preceded by
Reece Mastin
The X Factor (Australia)
Winner

2012
Succeeded by
Dami Im