Samantha Jade headlines the Strathfield Spring Festival

She’s been praised as one of Australia’s brightest new talents. Now Samantha Jade is set to “Shake That” as the headline act at this year’s Strathfield 
Spring Festival.
Samantha, who opened concerts for British band One Direction this year and was the winner of TV talent show The X Factor in 2012, says she is thrilled to be performing in Strathfield.
“I have friends who lived there and they have told me great things about the area. I have heard that people are really nice and warm,” she says.
“The highlight of my performance will be my new single Shake That. It’s very upbeat.
“I am looking forward to seeing their reactions when I perform because it’s very special when people come to see your performance because they want to see you and not because they paid for a ticket.”
The 28-year-old singer has been away from the spotlight since her mother, Jacqui, died last year.
The Strathfield Spring Festival will be her comeback from a tough time in her life.
Samantha began professional singing when she was 12 years old.
“I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a performer, I always loved to sing and watched video hits on TV. When I write my songs, and it really depends on what I am feeling that day, its really in the moment,” she says.
Samantha moved to Los Angeles in 2004 in search of fame and fortune, but she didn’t quite make it to the big time.
In 2012, she returned to Australia to audition for Channel 7’s hit music talent show, The X Factor.
Samantha went on to win the competition, propelling her to record deals, performances and much more.
“This kind of career isn’t easy and you have to be always ready to deal with criticism, but its also true that a ‘no’ doesn’t really mean a ‘no’; you have to keep trying and have great people around you who are supportive.
“My family has been very supportive, and if it wasn’t for them I would have given up my career. It takes a lot of hard work and determination.”
Beyonce has been Samantha’s biggest musical influence due to her versatility, both on and off stage. “Not only is she a fantastic artist, but she’s also a very successful businesswoman. So she’s a great example for all music artists.”
When she’s not busy recording her songs, Samantha loves doing make-up and hair styling for friends.
“Being glamorous and looking good is part of the role you play as a performer. I used to work at a make-up store long ago and I learnt a lot there. When friends come over and we go out, I am the one who does everyone’s make-up and hair.”

Strathfield Spring Festival
10am, Sunday September 6
Strathfield Park, Homebush Road and Chalmers Road, Strathfield
strathfieldspringfestival.com.au; 
facebook.com/StrathfieldSpringFestival

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