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Jade Ewen

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Plaistow, London, United Kingdom (2002 – present)

Jade Almarie Louise Ewen (born 24 January 1988, in Plaistow, London, United Kingdom) is an English singer, songwriter, actress and member of the Sugababes.

Ewen has been active since 2002 but began her singing career in a girl group signed to Sony BMG in 2005, which then disbanded in 2007 with no album released. In 2009, she represented the UK at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest performing the Andrew Lloyd Webber penned “It’s My Time” after winning the UK national selection. She achieved fifth place, cementing her as the most successful British Eurovision act since 2002. She replaced Keisha Buchanan in the Sugababes in September 2009, while at the time still signed to Polydor Records.

Ewen was born and brought up in Plaistow, London, to a Jamaican mother, Carol and a Scottish-Sicilian father, Trevor. Trevor is blind and partially deaf, while Carol is partially blind. Because of her parents’ disabilities, Ewen is a carer to both her parents and two younger siblings, Shereen and Kiel. She received a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School. As a student at Sylvia, she appeared in The Bill, Casualty and Mr. Harvey Lights a Candle. Ewen also auditioned for and won the part of Nala in The Lion King at the West End at the age of twelve. Ewen appeared in the children’s dance DVD, entitled How To Dance. She also featured briefly in the video for pop rock band Busted’s “What I Go to School For”.

Between 2003 and 2004 she appeared in the Australian series Out There.

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