Tim­ing was right for Jade

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - WHAT'S ON -

AMAN­THA Jade has waited 10 years to get an al­bum re­leased. Af­ter win­ning The X-Fac­tor, she fi­nally got her dream – and made an al­bum in two days. ‘‘It was su­per fast,’’ she says. ‘‘I’m plan­ning the next al­bum. I want to de­liver good mu­sic. I don’t want to rush it but I don’t want to take too much time.’’

Jade was signed to Brit­ney Spears’ la­bel Jive for three years, record­ing with Max Martin.

‘‘That’s why I gave up mu­sic be­fore The X Fac­tor. If you can’t make it with peo­ple like Max Martin writ­ing for you, I thought I’d never make it. I’d lost the pas­sion. I used to turn the ra­dio down. Peo­ple saw me as used goods.’’

Jade was work­ing in her fa­ther’s fac­tory be­fore she au­di­tioned for The X Fac­tor.

She’d given up on the dream when she learnt her al­bum would never be re­leased.

Dad changed that when he threat­ened to sack her so she could au­di­tion for The X Fac­tor. ‘‘I’ll be for­ever grate­ful to him,’’ she says. ‘‘It made me think, ‘why not have one more go’? ’’

Men­tored to the win by her friend Guy Se­bas­tian, Jade sur­vived a string of near elim­i­na­tions be­fore she was named win­ner of the se­ries. She says she’s devel­oped a thicker skin thanks to her run on The X Fac­tor.

‘‘I’m so glad it only hap­pened for me now,’’ she says.

‘‘I def­i­nitely wouldn’t have said that a few years ago, but I ap­pre­ci­ate it so much more now. I can take things on with a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing. I was way more pre­pared than I ever would have been.’’

Jade and The X-Fac­tor Top 5 fi­nal­ists –The Col­lec­tive, Ja­son Owen, Bella Fer­raro, Shi­ane Hawke and Nathaniel Willemse – are tak­ing their show on the road, launch­ing their na­tional tour with two shows on the Gold Coast next week. The shows mark Jade’s first live tour. ‘‘That’s al­ways been a dream. I never got to tour first time around,’’ she says.

‘‘Play­ing in front of an au­di­ence is what I en­joyed so much about The X Fac­tor.’’

(Sony) is out now. Live Tour plays Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino on Tues­day and Wed­nes­day. Tick­ets are $70.70.

Sa­man­tha Jade

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