Timing was right for Jade
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.