Samantha Mumba was born in Dublin 18th January 1983. She is Irish and Zambian. she started Her singing and performing career at “Billy Barry Stage School” at the tender age of 3 and stayed there until She was 15. Samantha was quickly snapped up by “Westlife” and “Boyzone” manager and X-Factor Judge ” Louis Walsh.
Samantha signed to Polydor records and released Her first Album “Gotta Tell You” on which She co-wrote the majority of the tracks. The Album was a huge success and reached number 4 in the US Hot 100 Billboard Chart, in total Samantha sold in excess of 4.5 Million copies throughout the world with hits on the album; “Gotta Tell You”, “Baby Come On Over” and ”Body 2 Body”. Samantha won Smash Hits Poll Party “Best Female Newcomer” and
was nominated for a Grammy Award.
In 2002 Samantha played Mara in the huge Smash hit movie by Steven Spielberg “The Time Machine”, She went on to becoming the Youth Ambassador in Ireland for UNICEF. In 2003 doing charity work and taking her first field trip with them to Zambia highlighting HIV/AIDS. In 2005 Samantha had a leading role in the Irish Smash Hit Movie “Boy Eats Girl” and finally in 2006 performed in the Irish Movie “Johnny Was”, starring alongside;Vinnie Jones, Lennox Lewis, Eriq La Salle, Roger Daltrey and Patrick Bergin.
Mumba’s modeling roles to date have been with “Ultimo” the lingerie range, Reebok, in a poster campaign and as an ambassador for Dior being the face of the Dior Watch Collection.
Samantha now lives in Los Angeles, California in America. On a recent trip back to Ireland, Mumba appeared on the TV series “The Hit” where her single “Somebody Like Me” topped the charts at #5. She is currently writing and recording her new material and gearing up for performances coming up throughout the year.
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