Artist 101: Jessica Mauboy

This guide contains everything you need to know about Australian singer-songwriter and actress Jessica Mauboy.

When is her birthday?

4 August 1989

What is her most popular song?

“We Got Love”

What else should I know about Jessica Mauboy?

Born in Darwin, Northern Territory to parents Therese and Ferdy, Jessica showed a keen interest in music from an early age and often attended local church choir with her grandmother.

Jessica’s big break came in 2006 when she auditioned for the fourth season of Australian Idol with Whitney Houston’s hit “I Have Nothing”. She impressed all the judges, making it through to the next round, and after weeks of competition made it to the grand final of the contest, finishing as runner-up to Damien Leith. As a result, Jessica signed a contract with Sony Music and in early 2007, released her debut live album titled The Journey which soared into the Australian charts at number four.

After this Jessica joined the girl group Young Divas, releasing an album and single with the band, however, she left the band a year later to focus on her solo career. November 2008 saw the release of Jessica’s debut studio album Been Waiting, on which she co-wrote eleven of the tracks. The second single from the album “Burn” charted internationally and became the singers first to reach number one.

Jessica signed to Universal Music in early 2010, with her second studio album Get ‘Em Girls being released later the same year. The album – on which Jessica co-wrote eight songs – debuted at number six and saw a string of singles follow including collaborations with Ludacris and Jay Sean. Jessica was then cast as Julie in the Australian film The Sapphires, for which she also recorded fifteen songs for the soundtrack. This debuted at number one after its release.

Jessica’s third studio album Beautiful, released in 2013, debuted in the charts at number three. Her most successful single from the album “Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up)” reached number two in Australia and also charted in New Zealand.

In 2014, we saw Jessica’s first appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest, when she performed “Sea of Flags” in the interval show of the second semi-final in Denmark. In the same year, she performed at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow to mark the official handover to the Gold Coast for the next games.

In 2016 Jessica starred in Australian TV drama The Secret Daughter as Billie Carter, where she performed throughout the series. From this, she released her first individual soundtrack album which became her first solo number one and also saw her make history as the first Indigenous artist to reach number one on the ARIA charts. The show was renewed for a second season in 2017 and once again Jessica released an album featuring songs from the season, which this time reached number two in the charts.

In December of last year, Jessica was announced as the Australian representative for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. The singer will perform “We Got Love” in the second semi-final in Lisbon.

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Written by Lynn Macgillivray

I'm Lynn - a writer, accountant and lover of all things music (especially a good boyband). Twitter: @xxitslynn