Samantha Mumba was born on the 18th January 1983 in Dublin, Ireland. She is a Grammy award nominated singer, songwriter, actress and model. Her first album was released in 2000 and achieved international success. Although her follow-up album was cancelled because of record company difficulties, she is said to be releasing another second studio album soon. As well as being a singer, she is also an actress; her most notable role was Mara in the 2002 film The Time Machine. She has also appeared in a number of Irish independent films. At the age of 15, Mumba was discovered on an RTE TV talent show Let Me Entertain You by Irish svengali Loius Walsh (manager of Boyzone and Westlife). Walsh was impressed by her talent and she was signed to Polydor Records. She subsequently spent several months moving between Denmark, Sweden, the UK and Ireland where she co-wrote and recorded her debut album, Gotta Tell You. She eventually dropped out of school to focus on her music career, explaining that it was becoming difficult to stay in school and work on her music. To date, her first album has sold over 4 million copies worldwide.