Singer and Salvo ambassador Samantha Jade is a perfect example of someone who has many strings to her bow.
A child model from the age of four, a teenage singer, in 2012 the first woman to win the X Factor singing competition, followed by television acting roles in Home and Away and The INXS Story, had Samantha showing her diverse skills as an actor on the small screen alongside her successful singing career. Not to mention creating a popular range of make-up for the Priceline cosmetic chain.
This year has been a huge one for Samantha—Sammi to her friends and fans. She embarked on her debut tour of the UK and Ireland, performing with Brian McFadden (Westlife) and Keith Duffy (Boyzone). She released two new singles, ‘Nothing Without You’ and ‘Circles on the Water’.
Sammi has proven her acting skills in Home and Away and the Network Seven TV miniseries The INXS Story for which she was nominated for a Logie Award. But the thing that is most endearing about Sammi is her kindness and genuine spirit, making her an obvious choice as ambassador of The Salvation Army’s Christmas Appeal.
“I think it’s so important to make giving back part of your Christmas—you will help others and feel good too. Even the small things, like donating clothes or toys to a Salvos store, can make such a big difference in people’s lives,” Sammi tells Warcry.
“I think the Salvos are an amazing group of people. They’re helping out Australians in need. There’s no better time to give back than at Christmas so I’m so happy to be a part of it.”
Sammi spent a busy November as a Salvo ambassador, touring schools and nursing homes in Queensland, visiting Proserpine and Bowen, including performing in an outdoor concert at the Bowen sound shell.
On the career front, Sammi is determined not to be a singer with just 15 minutes of fame, so has deliberately put time, patience and effort into her career.
“I really want to put out records I believe in and that I’m passionate about. I have a plan to be an entertainer with a long-term career so I don’t want to rush the process just for the sake of it,” she explains on her website.
While Sammi relocated temporarily to the UK late last year for a successful music tour, she is back for Woolworths Carols in the Domain on December 17, which she describes as her favourite gig of the year.
When asked about her favourite carol to sing at Christmas, Sammi’s answer is instant.
“‘Oh Holy Night’. It’s my favourite. It’s got the most beautiful melody and the lyrics are perfectly written. It makes me feel Christmassy. When I put it on, I know it is Christmas.”
She goes on to say that it’s not just the music of that beautiful carol but the heartfelt lyrics in it.
“My favourite part is ‘fall on your knees’. That line on that melody makes me cry every time I hear it or sing it,“ she says.
For Sammi, Christmas is all about family.
“I go back home to Perth and we sit around on Christmas Day, talking about past Christmases and sharing our favourite memories. We spend time together, hang out and play games. It’s the best. Christmas is my favourite day of the year,” she enthuses.
So what are the essential elements of a good Christmas for Sammi Jade?
“My family, obviously, and enough food because I’ve got two brothers. You’ve got to have snacks ready. Eating is all they do at Christmas!” she laughs.