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Samantha Jade Gibbs (born 18 April 1987), known as Samantha Jade, is an Australian singer-songwriter, model, actress, and dancer from Perth, Western Australia. She has written tracks for artists including JoJo and Ashley Tisdale. On 20 November 2012 Jade won the fourth season of The X Factor (Australia), the first female to win the Australian series.
Samantha Jade Gibbs was born in Perth, Western Australia. Her father is of Anglo-Indian descent, whilst her mother is of Scottish descent. She began modelling 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 her first studio recordings were made with Platinum mixer/producer Conley Abrams in Los Angeles. These were recorded for a Perth label which folded that year. In 2003 the Gibbs family moved to Los Angeles in order for Jade to pursue her singing career. 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
2006–2011: Jive Records and Affinity West Entertainment
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" which failed to chart. Jade began recording her debut album My Name Is Samantha Jade with Music Producers Darkchild, Timbaland, Max Martin and Stargate. "Apple" the album suffered numerous set-backs and was not 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 continued to work on music independently with Australian record label Affinity West Entertainment. 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 November 2011, Jade relocated to Perth and began working at her father's mining factory counting stock.
2012: The X Factor Australia and Samantha Jade
In an attempt to return to the music industry, Jade successfully auditioned for the fourth season of The X Factor in 2012. She sang "Breakeven" by The Script, during which judge Guy Sebastian notably teared up. Jade eventually made it to the live shows as part of the Over 25s category.
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. After winning The X Factor, Jade's winner's single "What You've Done to Me" was released digitally via iTunes. Her self-titled debut album will be released on 7 December 2012, featuring re-recorded versions of the songs she performed on The X Factor. Read more on Last.fm
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