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Jade Almarie Louise Ewen (born 24 January 1988 in Plaistowmarker, Londonmarker) is an Englishmarker singer, actress, and member of the Sugababes.

Ewen began her career performing in the role of Nala in the West Endmarker production of The Lion King. She then progressed into television in both the United Kingdommarker and Australia making several appearances on a number of well-known shows. In 2005 Ewen joined the R&B group Trinity Stone which achieved limited success in the UKmarker, Irelandmarker, and Russiamarker. On 31 January 2009 Ewen won the British national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest and represented the country at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscowmarker on 16 May, in which she achieved, out of a total of 25 countries, 5th place for the United Kingdommarker. In doing so, she became the highest placed UK Eurovsion act since 2002.

Following rumours of trouble within the Britishmarker girl group Sugababes on 21 September, 2009 it was finally confirmed on the group's official website that Ewen would be replacing Keisha Buchanan as the third member of the Sugababes and they would release their seventh studio album Sweet 7 as planned.

Biography

Early life

Jade was born and brought up in Plaistowmarker, Londonmarker, to a Jamaican mother, Carol and a British,Italian and Irish father, Trevor. Her father is blind and partially deaf, and her mother is partially blind. Because of her parents' disabilities, Ewen has become a carer to both her parents and two younger siblings. Despite this, she managed to have dancing lessons from the age of three, and subsequently achieved a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre Schoolmarker.

Acting career

Ewen began her career at the age of 12 when she played the part of Nala in The Lion King in the West Endmarker. In 2003 she landed a leading role playing Aggie Thackery in the Australian TV-drama series Out There. She has then been seen in other series such as The Bill, Casualty and the TV movie Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle. In early 2009 Ewen played the Ancient Greek goddess Athene in the first episode of the BBC television series Myths.

Musical beginnings (2005 - 2008)

In 2005, Ewen became a member of the R&B girl group Trinity Stone, which was signed to Sony BMG. The group had moderate success in the United Kingdom, Irelandmarker and Russiamarker with a few music singles, but were dropped two years later without releasing their debut album. The group worked with American pop singer Ne-Yo for the single "Real Love", and Jade co-wrote the single "A Little Bit" on the album Boogie 2 nite for the girl group Booty Luv. She was then signed to singer Kwamé's record label, and released a single called "Stolen Love/Got You" via iTunes.A song on Australian singer Jessica Mauboy's 2008 debut album Been Waiting called "Let Me Be Me" shares writing credit with Ewen. Let Me Be Me was released as "Jessica Mauboy's" 6th single in November, 2009

Eurovision Song Contest (2009)

Jade Ewen in 2009.
In January 2009, Ewen participated in the UK national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, in a format similar to the popular British talent show The X Factor. Progressing through four eliminatory rounds, she was eventually selected to represent the UK with the song "It's My Time" composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber who accompanied her on piano onstage in Moscow. As well as being mentored by Lloyd Webber, Jade also had training with Arlene Phillips ahead of Eurovision. Ewen finished in fifth place with 173 points; this was the highest placing for the United Kingdom since 2002 and its highest points score since 1997 when it had last won the competition.

On being selected for Eurovision, Ewen became the second UK Eurovision act to have previously played the part of Nala in the West Endmarker production of The Lion King - Javine Hylton, who sang at the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, played the same part for two years.

On 17 February 2009, Ewen confirmed that she had signed an album deal with Polydor Records. It was then reported that songwriter Gary Barlow (of Take That) would write songs for the album due out in early 2010. The second (lead) single from her debut album, "My Man", was released on 21 September 2009 having premiered on BBC Radio 1 back in July. The video was recorded in Los Angelesmarker. The song was written by Ina Wroldsen who has also written "Get Up (Stronger Man)", "Punching Out" and "I Had Him First" for Ewen's album.

On 9 August 2009, Ewen sang the British national anthem at the 2009 FA Community Shield between Manchester United and Chelsea in front of 85,896 people at Wembley Stadiummarker.

On 27 August 2009, it was announced that Ewen had been nominated for "Best British Newcomer" award at the MOBO Awards to be held on 30 September 2009 in Glasgowmarker.

On 27 September 2009, Jade Ewen's second single "My Man" entered the UK Charts at 35 selling 6,312 copies.

Sugababes (2009 - present)

On 21 September 2009, Ewen joined the Sugababes as the official replacement for Keisha Buchanan when it was revealed that Buchanan had left the band, citing a breakdown of communication as the main reason for her leaving. On 25 September 2009, in an interview with DJ Scott Mills with the Sugababes, she stated that she was unsure of the future of her debut album because she never finished recording the album. She made it clear that her single "My Man" is available to buy and has been fully released. Ewen has confirmed her commitment to the Sugababes as her main priority.

Discography

Albums



Solo Singles

Year Song Chart positions Album
UK

UK R&B SWE

SWI

GER

2008 "Got You" "Got You" – single
2009 "It's My Time" 27 34 75 75 Punching Out
"My Man" 35 13
"—" denotes did not chart, or was not released


Music videos



Filmography

Year Work Role Notes
Television
2003–

2004
Out There Aggie Thackery 14 episodes
2005 Mr Harvey Lights a Candle Donna
Casualty Carrie Fletcher
The Bill Shanti Das 2 episodes
2009 Myths Athene
Your Country Needs You Herself The Winner
Eurovision Song Contest 2009 5th place


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