Jessica Mauboy returns to the Eurovision stage in 2018. We get to know the Australian artist better with 10 Things About…the singer.
1. Jessica Mauboy was born on 4 August 1989 and raised in Darwin in Australia’s Northern Territory. Her father is Indonesian born and her mother is Indigenous Australian from the Kuku Yalanji people in the rainforest regions of Far North Queensland. She has three older sisters Sandra, Jenny and Catherine, and a younger sister Sophia.
2. She comes from a very musical family, her father often playing the guitar while the rest of the family sang along. From an early age, she accompanied her grandmother Harriet to their local church where she performed in the church choir.
3. Jessica typically sticks to the genres of Pop and R&B but she has also branched out into dance, funk, soul and hip hop into some of her songs. She has also strived to include indigenous Australian culture into her music, most evident in her work on The Sapphires soundtrack. She cites a diverse range of artists including Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, 2Pac, Dr Dre, Mariah Carey, Beyonce and Slim Dusty as her musical influences.
4. Jessica’s breakthrough came when she participated in the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006. Her performances included Whitney Houston’s ‘I Have Nothing’, Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Walk Away’ and Christina Aguilera’s ‘Beautiful’. She made it to the show’s final but lost out to the winner Damien Leith. Regardless, she signed a contract with Sony Australia two weeks after the show concluded.
5. Jessica has released a total three studio albums; Been Waiting (2008), Get ‘Em Girls (2010) and Beautiful (2013) and a whopping 35 singles including the number one single ‘Burn’ and eight further top ten hits such as ‘Pop a Bottle (Fill ‘Me Up)’, ‘Saturday Night’ and ‘Inescapable’. She has also collaborated with international rap stars including Ludacris, Snoop Dogg, Flo Rida, Sean Kingston and Jay Sean.
6. As well as having an established career in music, Jessica has branched out to pursue acting as well. Her acting debut was in the film adaptation of the 1990 Aboriginal musical ‘Bran Nue Dae’. Her performance in the film earned her a nomination for Female Actress of the Year at the 2010 Deadly Awards. Her subsequent roles have included parts in film ‘The Sapphires’, mini-series ‘Underbelly: Razor’, TV movie ‘The Secret Daughter’ and played herself in long running Australian soap ‘Home and Away’.
7. Jessica is a dedicated philanthropist supporting various Australian charities including Children’s Hospitals Foundation Australia, Indigenous Literacy Programme and Royal Flying Doctor Service. She is an ambassador for the Sony Foundation and has also performed at various fundraising events, concerts, charity CDs and telethons.
8. Jessica has won a number of top awards. She has regularly been nominated in a number of categories at the Australian music awards (ARIA). This includes having been nominated seven times for the ARIA award for Best Female Artist, winning it in 2013. She has also been named the sixteenth Greatest Australian Singer of All Time by The Herald Sun.
9. In January 2009, Jessica began a long-distance relationship with Themeli “Magoo” Magripilis, a soccer player and council worker of Greek descent, who was born and raised in Darwin. After seven years of long distance, Magripilis relocated from Darwin to Sydney in September 2016 and moved in with Mauboy.
10. This is not Jessica’s first link with Eurovision. In fact she can be credited with cementing Australia’s place as a competing nation in recent Eurovision contests. She performed the song ‘Sea of Flags’ at Eurovision 2014 as an interval act in one of the semi finals, the following year Australia were invited to compete and have competed at every Eurovision Song Contest since.