Perth-born singer/songwriter Samantha Jade had already retired as a successful model in Australia when she made her worldwide pop music debut at the age of 16.
Modeling began at age four; being bitten by the music bug came at age nine when Samantha won her first talent show singing "Amazing Grace." Writing music soon became a passion, and by 2004 when she was just 16 she landed her song "Secret Love" on the Shark Tale soundtrack. The song was performed by teen pop star JoJo
, but it wasn't long before Jade's powerful singing voice would be featured on another soundtrack, 2006's Step Up, which put the now 18-year-old singer in the company of Ciara
, and Sean Paul
. Jade's track, also titled "Step Up," was written in part by superstar songwriter Diane Warren
and produced by Wyclef Jean
. The Jive record company used the catchy single to promote Jade's own full-length debut, which was promised for later in the year. ~ David Jeffries, Rovi