Samantha Mumba is an Irish singer and actress. Mumba was born in Dublin, Ireland. Her father, Peter Mumba, is from Zambia and was formerly an aircraft engineer; her mother is Irish. She shot to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut single "Gotta Tell You", which reached the Top 10 in Ireland, United Kingdom and the US. After a relatively short music career, she starred in numerous films, most notably in the 2002 film The Time Machine. She has also appeared in a number of Irish independent films. She returned to public attention when she appeared in the 2008 series of Dancing on Ice. In 2011 Mumba confirmed her retirement from music and to focus mainly on her acting career. However, in 2013, Mumba revealed via Twitter that she is currently in the studio working on new material.
Mumba’s first single, "Gotta Tell You", was released in 2000 and reached No. 1 in the Irish charts. It later reached No. 2 in the British charts. She also had success in the USA, with the song peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album Gotta Tell You stayed on the charts for six months and was eventually certified platinum for sales of 1 million copies. Five more Top 10 hits followed in the UK and she had another top 50 hit in the US. Another hit from this album was "Baby, Come Over", a remixed version of "Baby, Come on Over" and features on the US edition of the album. To date, her first album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide. In 2001, Mumba contributed to the track "You Raise Me Up" by the Celtic Tenors. An EP titled Samantha Sings Christmas was released at Christmas 2001; it is also a bonus disc on rare special editions of Gotta Tell You. Following her international success with Gotta Tell You, Arnold Leibovit picked her to play Mara in The Time Machine. Mara is a girl who is part of a human civilisation which has regressed to a hunter/gatherer lifestyle in the year AD 802,701. She co-starred with Guy Pearce and her real-life brother, Omero. The movie earned $56,684,819 in the US. Mumba's second venture into films was in 2003, where she appeared in the film Spin the Bottle.
In 2002, Mumba released a new single "I'm Right Here" with a laid-back sound. The video features Damien Marley, son of Bob Marley. The single became Mumba's fifth UK top 5 single and her fifth top 40 single in Ireland.
On 23 October 2006, a compilation album, The Collection, was released. The album features songs from Gotta Tell You, B-sides and two new tracks including her single "I'm Right Here".
On June 2013, Mumba confirmed her comeback on Twitter. On 16 August 2013 she appeared on the RTÉ television show The Hit to compete for a spot in the show's final. The song selected for chart battle was "Somebody Like Me" which was released on iTunes immediately afterwards and will compete against "Thinking of You" by Irish band Republic of Loose. The song peaked number 5 on the Irish Singles Chart which marked her first hit single in 11 years with "I'm Right Here" in 2002.
On February 21, 2014, Mumba made a comeback with a new single called "Only just begun".
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