13 August 1982 |
Paddington, New South Wales
|Genres||R&B, pop, dance|
|Labels||Festival Mushroom (2001–02), King Kyle, Def Jam (2007–08), Sony Music Australia|
|Associated acts||Scandal'us, Kyle Sandilands, Scarlett Belle (2007–2010)|
Jaber began singing and dancing at the age of three and always stole the limelight at family functions. Jaber's mother is of New Zealand origin and her father is Lebanese. At the age of eight, Jaber had begun formal tap, jazz and ballet lessons. She later auditioned for the Newtown Performing Arts High School and was accepted in, studying dance and drama. At the age of fourteen, Jaber represented Australia in the America Song and Dance Championships and won first prize. She also won a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Music for years 11 and 12, completing a Diploma for Music, at the same time also completing her HSC. Throughout her early years, Jaber has also worked with music legends, John Farnham and Tina Arena.
Jaber began her music career as a member of a group called, Scandal'us. The group consisted of, Anna Belperio, Jason Bird, Simon Ditcham and Daniela Scalam of both male and female. The group auditioned for Australia's version of the reality TV show, Popstars in 2001 and the end won gained a record deal with Mushroom Records as a result. Their debut single, "Me, Myself & I" debuted at number one on the ARIA Singles Chart. Their debut album, Startin' Somethin' peaked at No. 2 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The group had also released second and final single, "Make Me Crazy", which peaked at number thirty. In 2002, the group won an ARIA Music Award for the single, "Me, Myself & I". In an interview with two of the members, Simon and Jaber, they were asked about their future plans and stated that the group had broken up to pursue their own solo careers.
After the disbandment of Scandal'us in 2002, Jaber signed to Kyle Sandilands (boyfriend at the time) record label, King Kyle Records. In 2004, singer Kacey Baker released a single titled, "Ice Ice Baby" which featured Jaber. In 2005, Jaber released her debut solo single, "Ooh Ahh" which peaked at number thirteen on the ARIA Singles Chart. The single appeared at the top of "Worst Australian Songs" of all time lists, with lyrics such as, "Boys are rotten made outta cotton, girls are sexy made outta Pepsi" heavily criticized. Sandilands on the other hand was criticised for promoting Jaber's single on his popular radio show. Jaber's second and final single released, "Hard for Me" peaked at number twenty three. There was believed to be an album for the singles but it never eventuated.
In 2007, Jaber formed a girl group called, Scarlett Belle consisting of three members, Jaber herself, Reigan Derry & Hayley Aitken. and were then signed to U.S record label, Def Jam Recordings. Since then, the group worked on their debut album together in L.A. However in 2008, it was rumoured that Jaber was in trouble with the label due to claims that Jaber had a fall out with Australian producer and songwriter, Andrew Klippel who brokered the group's record deal in the states. It then appeared that the girls were not signed to Def Jam Recordings anymore and founding member, Hayley Aitken left. The group later became a duo and signed to Sony Music.
"Closure", the lead single from their upcoming debut album, was released on 4 June 2010. The single peaked at No.11 on the Australian Physical Singles Chart and debuted at No. 8 on the Australian Singles Chart. In May 2011, Jaber announced in an interview with Australia's OK! magazine that the group had disbanded, and that she would be pursuing a solo career in the United States and the Middle East.
Following the disbanding of Scarlet Belle, Jaber moved to Los Angeles to focus on her solo career. Her US debut, the Felt, Not Heard EP, was released on 12 December 2012, written in the wake of her public divorce from Sandilands.
Jaber is currently unsigned.
Dancing with the Stars
In 2010, Jaber was selected along with other celebrities to appear on the tenth series of Dancing with the Stars. Her dancing partner on the show was Carmello Pizzino. Throughout the season Jaber was at the top of the leaderboard, winning the highest score for each week, all except for week 4. This includes 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. In week 10, with the grand finale held on 29 August 2010, where Jaber also received the highest score out of the three remaining stars, for the Rumba and the Cha-Cha-Cha. In the end, Jaber was announced runner-up to Rob Palmer. Despite her not winning the show, Jaber was considered the best dancer on the year's season.
On 26 September 2008, Jaber married boyfriend and radio presenter Kyle Sandilands. However, after two years of the marriage, on 12 July 2010 it was announced in the media that the couple had split. There were claims that the couple ended their marriage due to problems with money, of which Jaber spent a lot with family and friends.
|2005||"Ooh Ahh"||13||-||non-album singles|
|"Hard for Me"||23||-|
As featured artist
|2004||"Ice Ice Baby" (with Kacey Baker)||-|
- Tamara biography in Scandal'us Retrieved 4 June 2010
- Kacey Baker Feat. Tamara Jaber - Ice Ice Baby (CD) Retrieved 26 July 2010
- australian charts "Ooh Aah" single. Retrieved 4 June 2010
- Sandilands defamed by seven on wife's single Retrieved 4 June 2010
- australian charts hard for me single Retrieved 4 June 2010
- Scarlett Belle Biography Retrieved 3 June 2010
- tamara signs with u.s label Retrieved 4 June 2010
- aussie girls score american deal retrieved 4 June 2010
- Tamara in trouble with U.S record deal Retrieved 4 June 2010
- tamara jaber debuts new single with duo scarlett belle Retrieved 3 June 2010
- "Life after Kyle". OK! Magazine Australia. 5 May 2011. Retrieved 10 May 2011.
- Tamara on Dancing With The Stars Retrieved 4 June 2010
- Dancing with the Stars 2010 dance chart. Retrieved 30 August 2010.
- Tamara and Kyle Sandilands married Retrieved 5 June 2010
- Kyle Sandilands and Tamara Jaber Split Retrieved 12 July 2010
- Kyle Sandilands and Tamara Jaber marriage fell down over money and fame, say friends Herald Sun - Retrieved 13 July 2010
- Kyle Sandilands and Tamara Jaber parted ways Retrieved 13 July 2010