I thought at the time that she was the sweetest up and coming singer I'd ever met. She told me she was living in the States and how it was really hard to fit in and get to know people. She talked about her family and how much of a great support they were to her.
Just a tiny, little thing - she was bursting with talent too. After our lunch, she performed for the staff at the radio station. What a voice.
We played her single for a bit on the radio, but nothing much came from it (I can't even remember what it was called.) It didn't chart well, and it didn't research well with listeners.
And that was it. There wasn't another single released to us... and I didn't hear the name Samantha Jade again...
The TV talent show was Sam's second chance at a record contract. The deal she'd had years before with a US-based label had turned sour but, at just 25, she wasn't ready to give up on her dream to be a famous singer just yet.
After making it into mentor Guy Sebastian's team, Samantha Jade fought hard (she was up for elimination three times - more than any other contestant) and eventually took out the title of 2012 X-Factor Winner. She was the first woman in Australia to claim the victory.
She recorded her album in just two days to get it out for the Christmas rush. The self-titled album debuted at number three on the ARIA charts (behind Michael Buble and P!nk).
And now Samantha Jade is set to hit the road in her first national tour. She'll headline the X-Factor Live Tour and will be joined by the entire top six finalists. That means you'll also see The Collective, Jason Owen, Bella Ferraro, Shiane Hawke and Nathanial Willemse.
Tuesday January 8 - Jupiters Hotel & Casino, QLD
Wednesday January 9 - Jupiters Hotel & Casino, QLD
Friday January 11 - Festival Hall Melbourne, VIC
Sunday January 13 - Derwent Entertainment Centre, TAS
Wednesday January 16 - Challenge Stadium, WA