Tamara Jaber

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Tamara Jaber
Born (1982-08-13) 13 August 1982 (age 32)
Paddington, New South Wales
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • dancer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website www.tamarajaber.com

Tamara Jaber (born 13 August 1982) is an Australian recording artist who rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the pop group Scandal'us. Following the disbandment of Scandal'us in 2002, Jaber signed to her then-boyfriend Kyle Sandilands' record label King Kyle Records and released two solo singles "Ooh Ahh" and "Hard for Me". In 2007, she became a member of the pop duo Scarlett Belle, before resuming her solo career in 2011. Jaber released her debut extended play Felt, Not Heard through US independent label Cleopatra Records in November 2012.

Early life[edit]

Tamara Jaber was born in Paddington, New South Wales on 13 August 1982.[1] Jaber's mother is of New Zealand origin and her father is Lebanese.[1] She began singing and dancing at the age of three.[2] At the age of eight, Jaber had begun formal tap, jazz and ballet lessons.[2] She later auditioned for the Newtown High School of the Performing Arts and was accepted in, studying dance and drama.[2] At the age of fourteen, Jaber represented Australia in the America Song and Dance Championships and won first prize.[2] She also won a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Music for years 11 and 12, completing a Diploma of Music, at the same time also completing her HSC.[2]

Career[edit]

2001–05: Scandal'us and solo career[edit]

Jaber began her music career as a member of the pop group Scandal'us, which also consisted of Anna Belperio, Jason Bird, Simon Ditcham and Daniela Scala.[2] The group became the winners of the second season of Popstars Australia in 2001 and received a record deal with Festival Mushroom Records as a result.[2] Their debut single "Me, Myself & I" debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart, where it remained for three consecutive weeks.[3] The song was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association for selling over 140,000 copies.[4] It also won the award for Highest Selling Single at the 2001 ARIA Music Awards.[5] Scandal'us' debut album, Startin' Somethin', debuted at number two on the ARIA Albums Chart.[3] The group's second and final single "Make Me Crazy" peaked at number 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[3] Scandal'us later disbanded in 2002.[6]

After the disbandment of Scandal'us, Jaber signed to her then-boyfriend and radio DJ Kyle Sandilands' record label, King Kyle Records.[6] In 2004, she was featured on singer Kacey Baker's single "Ice Ice Baby".[7] The following year, Jaber released her debut solo single "Ooh Ahh", which peaked at number 13 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[8] Sandilands was criticised in a Today Tonight segment for dishonestly promoting the single on Austereo Network radio stations, including 2Day FM.[9] "Hard for Me" was released as Jaber's second single and peaked at number 23 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[8]

2007–2011: Scarlett Belle[edit]

In 2007, Jaber became a member of the Australian girl group Scarlett Belle with Reigan Derry and Hayley Aitken.[10] The group signed a record deal with US label Def Jam Recordings later that year.[10] Based between Los Angeles and Sydney, Scarlett Belle began to work on their debut album with Ne-Yo, Snoop Dogg, JR Rotem, Nate Dogg and StarGate, as well as Australian producers Rudy Sandapa and Israel Cruz.[11] However, in 2008, Scarlett Belle were dropped from Def Jam Recordings and Aitken left the group, leaving Jaber and Derry as a duo.[12]

They later signed with Sony Music Australia[13] and released their debut single "Closure" in June 2010, which peaked at number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[14][15] Scarlett Belle released their second single in August 2010, a cover of Cruz's 2009 song "Freak Tonight".[16] Featuring guest vocal appearances from Cruz and rapper Miracle, the song peaked at number 29 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[15] Their third and final single "Lover Boy" was released in November 2010, but failed to impact the charts.[17] In May 2011, Jaber announced in an interview with Australia's OK! magazine that Scarlett Belle had disbanded and that she would be pursuing a solo career in the United States and the Middle East.[18][19]

2012–present: Return to solo career[edit]

Following the disbandment of Scarlett Belle, Jaber moved to Los Angeles to focus on her solo career.[20] Her debut extended play (EP) Felt, Not Heard was released through US independent label Cleopatra Records on 12 November 2012.[21] The EP was written in the wake of her split from Sandilands.[20]

Other ventures[edit]

Dancing with the Stars[edit]

In 2010, Jaber was selected along with other celebrities to appear on the tenth season of Dancing with the Stars.[22] Her dancing partner on the show was Carmello Pizzino.[22] Throughout the season, Jaber was at the top of the leaderboard, winning the highest score for each week, all except for week four. This included week one for the Cha-Cha-Cha, week two for the Tango, week three for the Paso Doble, week five for the Samba, week six for the Aussie Smooth, week seven for the Jive, week eight for the Salsa and week nine for the Segue and the Swing Dance Off, between the four remaining stars.[23] In week 10, Jaber also received the highest score out of the three remaining stars for the Rumba and the Cha-Cha-Cha.[23] The grand finale was held on 29 August 2010 and Jaber was announced runner-up to Rob Palmer.[24]

Personal life[edit]

On 28 September 2008, Jaber married boyfriend and radio presenter Kyle Sandilands.[25] However, after two years of the marriage, on 12 July 2010 it was announced in the media that the couple had split.[26] There were claims that the couple ended their marriage due to problems with money, of which Jaber spent a lot with family and friends.[27]

Discography[edit]

Extended plays[edit]

List of extended plays
Title Album details
Felt, Not Heard

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[8]
"Ooh Ahh" 2005 13 N/A
"Hard for Me" 23

As featured artist[edit]

List of featured singles
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
AUS
[8]
"Ice Ice Baby"[7]
(Kacey Baker featuring Tamara Jaber)
2004 N/A
"—" denotes a single that did not chart.

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos
Title Year Director(s)
"Ooh Ahh" 2005
"Hard for Me"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Christie, Joel (17 July 2010). "Life after Kyle Sandilands". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Scandal'us Biography". Take 40 Australia. Authentic Entertainment. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Discography Scandal'us". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Winners By Year – 2001". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Scandal'us Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Kacey Baker feat. Tamara Jaber – Ice Ice Baby (CD)". Discogs. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c d "Discography Tamara". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Sandilands defamed by Seven". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). 11 April 2006. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Tamara Jaber gets the deal of her life". News.com.au (News Limited). 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Biography". ScarlettBelle.com.au. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011. 
  12. ^ Richards, Holly (22 November 2010). "The winning reality". The West Australian (Yahoo!7). Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Moran, Jonathon (11 April 2010). "Scarlett Belles strike chord in US". The Sunday Telegraph (News Limited). Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  14. ^ "Closure – EP by Scarlett Belle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Discography Scarlett Belle". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  16. ^ "Freak Tonight – Single by Scarlett Belle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Lover Boy – Single by Scarlett Belle". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Life after Kyle". OK!. Ninemsn. 5 May 2011. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  19. ^ "Belle tolls for girl pop duo Scarlett Belle". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). 11 May 2011. Archived from the original on 10 August 2014. 
  20. ^ a b "Tamara's EP response to Sandilands". News.com.au (News Limited). 22 November 2012. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  21. ^ a b "Felt, Not Heard by Tamara". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  22. ^ a b "A glittering new line-up for this year's Dancing With The Stars". Dancing with the Stars. Yahoo!7. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  23. ^ a b Dancing with the Stars 2010 dance chart. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
  24. ^ Knox, David (29 August 2010). "Rob Palmer steals Dancing with the Stars win". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 August 2014. 
  25. ^ "Kyle Sandilands made my life a misery, reveals his ex-wife Tamara Jaber". News.com.au (News Limited). 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  26. ^ "Kyle Sandilands and Tamara Jaber split". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). 12 July 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 
  27. ^ "Kyle Sandilands and Tamara Jaber marriage fell down over money and fame, say friends". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). 13 July 2010. Archived from the original on 22 August 2014. 

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