In the 10 years since winning season four of The X Factor, Samantha Jade has released four studio albums, won herself an ARIA Award, branched out into acting, and even returned to reality TV on Celebrity Apprentice.
Now, she is preparing to embark on an Australian tour to celebrate her new music, as well as the major milestone in her career.
“Tour is my favourite thing in the world to do because singing live is just my everything,” she tells Yahoo Lifestyle.
“We're planning a tour for September/October, because it's been 10 years this year since I was on The X Factor and we want to do a really cool 10-year reunion show and do all the songs from the decade.”
Speaking about the time that’s passed since her appearance in the singing competition, Samantha admits it’s a “weird feeling” reflecting on how much has changed.
“In some ways, it feels like yesterday because I'm like, ‘Oh wow, it’s gone so fast, there’s so much that has happened’,” she says.
“But then I look back and I think, ‘Oh sweetie, what was that hair? What was I wearing?’ and all of those thoughts and I'm like, that was a long time ago because I would never let that happen now.
“It feels like a long time ago in the way that I know myself so much better now, but it feels like yesterday with how much has gone on.”
Most recently, Samantha has released her new single Dance Again, which she wrote by herself while locked down in Sydney away from her family in Perth.
She explains that she drew inspiration for the song from her late mother, who passed away in 2014 after battling breast cancer, and the fact that Australians “weren’t allowed to dance" due to Covid restrictions.
“My mum was a dancer from when she was three, she danced her whole life. She loved to dance and it was what singing does for me, just like a relief,” she details.
“When she got sick, basically the cancer kind of went through her whole body and she couldn't walk anymore, she couldn't use her legs and so she was bedridden for six months until she passed away.
“And I just remember she would still dance in her little bed, just the top of her body, and she'd make me dance around the room. She would still put music on and we'd have little dance parties. And I thought, you know, god, what am I complaining about that I can't go out dancing? At least I can dance around the room, she couldn’t.
“So I wrote this song about when you're going through moments and you're sad and things seem like the world's going to end, it takes one thought or one thing to turn that around.”
‘I just love good music’
Dance Again follows a string of upbeat tracks Samantha has released in the past few years, which she plans on bundling together for an upcoming two-part project.
“This time we're going to do two EPs, like volume one and volume two,” she says.
“Because I feel like I have a lot of things that I wrote that are very moody and in that kind of vein of what we were going through at the time, and then I have the bops. So I’ll put them on two different separate records.
“I never have a structure with that sort of stuff. I never go like, ‘It has to be an album and it all has to be cohesive’. I just love good music and whenever I go into the studio and feel like writing, I write and then it just goes from there.”
Samantha Jade’s new single Dance Again is available on all streaming platforms now.
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