Indigenous Artist - Jessica Mauboy

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Birth name Jessica Hilda Mauboy
Born 4 August 1989 (age 21)
Origin Darwin, Northern Territory
Occupations Singer-songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006 - Present
Labels Sony Music Australia,
Ministry of Sound (UK)
Associated acts Young Divas

2003: Career Beginnings

Jessica was born in Darwin, Northern Territory. Her mother is an Indigenous Australian. Mauboy's grandmother involved her in the local church choir from an early age. From that point on, Jessica continued to have a passion for music through the singing of her mother, the guitar-playing of her father and her whole family's overall passion for music. At the age of 14, Jessica's talent for singing was exposed through the "Telstra Road to Tamworth" competition at the 2004 Telstra Country Music Festival. Winning her heat and traveling to Sydney to perform, Jessica became the competition's first and youngest winner a massive boost to the hopeful singer's confidence. Her winning also led to having a recording contract with Sony BMG and recorded a country version of Cyndi Lauper's "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun".

2006: Australian Idol

In 2006, Jessica auditioned for the fourth season of Australian Idol in Alice Springs, her performance of "I Have Nothing" by Whitney Houston impressed the judges, who each gave her a "yes" to progress through to the semi-finals. During the show she continued to impress the judges performing a variety of pop and R&B music, On 27 November 2006 Mauboy along with fellow contestant Damien Leith, made it to the grand final of the show, performing at the Sydney Opera House.

2006 - 2008: The Journey and Young Divas

On 10 December 2006, two weeks after the fourth series of Australian Idol ended, it was announced that Mauboy had signed a recording contract with Sony BMG, Jessica released her debut live album, The Journey. The album debuted at No. 4 on the ARIA Albums Chart, and gained a gold accreditation. 26 September 2007 Jessica became the new member of the Young Divas, replacing Ricki-Lee Coulter, the first single to feature vocals from Mauboy, "Turn Me Loose" peaked at No. 15 on the ARIA Singles Chart. The group's second cover album (first with Mauboy), entitled New Attitude, was released a week later and debuted at No. 10, and gained a gold accreditation. On 24 August 2008, following months of rumours about the Young Divas, it was announced that after a year with the group, Mauboy had decided to quit in order to concentrate on her solo career.

2008 - 2010: Been Waiting

In 2008, Mauboy began to write and record music for her debut solo album, Been Waiting, and also re-located to Sydney from The Northern Territory. In September 2008, Mauboy released her debut solo single "Running Back" which featured American rapper Flo Rida. In December 2008, Mauboy released her second single, "Burn" which peaked at No. 1, making it her first number one single on the charts. It spent 23 weeks in the ARIA top 50 and gained a platinum accreditation. In March 2009, it was announced that Mauboy signed to UK label Ministry of Sound and released her album in Japan on 22 April 2009 The next three singles released, "Been Waiting", "Because" and "Up/Down" all peaked in the ARIA top 15 and gained a gold accreditation each. Towards the end of 2008 Mauboy had a starring role in the film adaptation of the 1990 Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae. The film was directed by Rachel Perkins and also stars Ernie Dingo, Geoffrey Rush, Missy Higgins and Deborah Mailman. In the movie, Mauboy plays a character named Rosie who is a local church singer and has a love interest of schoolboy Willie (played by Rocky McKenzie). In April 2010, Mauboy was part of the Byron Bay's Bluesfest along with many other national and international acts.

2010 - Present: Get 'Em Girls

In May 2010, Jessica collaborated with four other international artists representing their continents American Sean Kingston representing America, South African Jody Williams representing Africa, Singaporean Tabitha Nauser (Asia), British Steve Appleton (Europe), with Jessica representing Oceania on a song entitled "Everyone", which was used as the theme song for the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics. They performed the song at the opening of the Olympics held in Singapore on 14 August 2010. However, Kingston was unable to attend, due to a passport mix-up. In September 2010, Mauboy released her new single, "Get 'Em Girls" which features Snoop Dogg and debuted on the ARIA Singles Chart at No. 19. It is the lead single from her second album with the same name released on 5 November 2010. At the 2010 Nickelodeon Australian Kids' Choice Awards, Mauboy co-hosted the Awards ceremony with Liam Hemsworth and iCarly's Jerry Trainor.


Jessica Mauboy

Our featured Indigenous Artist is the very talented, 2006 Australian Idol runner up & 2009 Deadly three time award winner for "Best Female Artist", "Best Single" with Burn and "Best Album" Been Waiting. Jessica has also starred in this years box office hit "Bran Nue Dae" see the movie preview, on the Deadlys Page.

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