Jade Louise Ewen is an English singer, songwriter, actress and a former member of the band, Sugababes. Ewen began her singing career in a girl group named Trinity Stone. In 2009, after winning the right, she represented the United Kingdom in the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest, performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned “It’s My Time”. She finished in fifth place, making her the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002.
Ewen replaced Keisha Buchanan in the group Sugababes in September 2009. Since joining, the group has achieved two UK top-ten singles, and one album, Sweet 7. Ewen was born and brought up in Plaistow, London, to a Jamaican mother, Carol, and a Scottish-Sicilian father, Trevor. She attended Brampton Manor Academy, before transferring to the Sylvia Young Theatre School (SYTS) after receiving a scholarship. While a student at SYTS, she appeared in the television productions The Bill, Casualty and Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle. At the age of twelve, Ewen auditioned for and won the part of Nala in The Lion King at the West End Theatre.
Ewen appeared in the children’s dance DVD, How To Dance. She was briefly featured in the video for Busted’s “What I Go to School For”. From 2003 to 2004 she appeared in the Australian series Out There. In 2005, Ewen became a member of the girl group Trinity Stone, which signed with Sony BMG. She later recorded with rapper Kwamé, who was impressed with her work on MySpace. She released a digital single, “Got You”, in 2008 under Kwame’s Make Noise label. Ewen co-wrote the song “A Little Bit” for the girl group Booty Luv, as well as the song “Let Me Be Me” for Jessica Mauboy. In early 2009, Ewen acted in the first episode of the series, Myths.
In January 2009, Ewen was approached and participated in the process to select the UK representative for the Eurovision Song Contest 2009. She was selected to represent the UK with her performance of the song “It’s My Time”, composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who accompanied her on piano. Ewen finished in fifth place at Eurovision, the highest placing for the UK since 2002. Having already signed with Polydor Records before the Eurovision selection, Ewen began working on her debut album
In September 2009, Ewen joined the group Sugababes, as the replacement for Keisha Buchanan. While her single, “My Man”, had been released the week she joined the band, it debuted at number 35 on the UK Singles Chart.
Ewen had not met the members of the Sugababes until two days before the video shoot for their single “About a Girl” in Los Angeles, having been flown there without being notified that she would be replacing Buchanan. “About a Girl” debuted at number eight in the UK. Sweet 7 was released in early 2010 and charted at number 14 on the UK Albums Chart. The second single to feature Ewen’s vocals, “Wear My Kiss”, peaked at number 7 in the UK.
The Sugababes began recording an eighth studio album in April 2010. In late 2010, Ewen became the face of Miss Ultimo lingerie. A promotional single under the new label, “Freedom”, was released for free on 25 September 2011. In November 2011, Ewen flew to Australia to appear on I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here Now! In the summer of 2014, Ewen played the supporting role of Clara in the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production of Porgy and Bess.
Singles as Lead Artist
- In 2009 “It’s My Time” and “My Man”
As Featured Artist
- In 2014 “Fly”
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