After experiencing the worst year of her life, Samantha Jade is throwing herself back into work.
Perth's pop princess lost her beloved mum Jacqui Gibbs to cancer in June and has understandably taken time out from her career to be with her family.
But Jade said her mum wanted her to continue working because she was her biggest fan.
"I am doing all right. It is the toughest thing I have had to go through," Jade told AAA yesterday.
"I am just going through the motions. I am back to work because that is what my mum wanted me to do.
"She was my biggest fan, so I have to do it for her.
"It is a tough one. It is the centre of your world gone; it is the hardest thing ever. I just have to focus on work. It is all you can do."
One of the 2012 X Factor winner's first duties will be to perform in Perth tomorrow night at the Gemmill Homes Ball for Variety WA, before returning for another show-stopping appearance at this year's Perth Fashion Festival.
Jade will perform live in a free show on the Target Runway at Fashion Central in Forrest Place on September 20.
She will entertain guests during the runway show with several hit songs and wear an outfit from the new Dannii Minogue for Target Petites collection.
It is fitting that she will sport an outfit from Minogue's collection given the X Factor judge has labelled Jade "the third Minogue" sister, especially after she portrayed Dannii's big sister Kylie in the smash-hit Seven INXS mini-series this year.
"I love Dannii, she has been so kind to me," the 27-year-old said.
"And I am so excited, because being small it is very hard to find clothes.
"(It's) very hard to find anything that fits me well, so her range really fits me well."
Next week Jade will fly out to Los Angeles to complete her long-awaited album, which will feature the hit singles Up!, Solider and Firestarter.
She had to put the album on hold earlier this year when she moved back to Perth from Sydney to take care of her mum.
But during that time, she and her mum spent hours discussing all aspects of the album.
"I fly out to LA next week to work on the album, which is so exciting to finish it off because this year has been on pause with everything that has been going on.
"(Mum and I) were lucky enough to get time to really talk about the album and song titles, the title of the album and pick out pictures - it was all done with her.
"It has got her stamp on it."