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Jessica Mauboy

Jessica Mauboy
Born in Darwin, the striking Mauboy boasts a unique heritage. Jessica's father has a Timorese Indonesian background, while her mother is an Indigenous Australian. It was Jessica's music-loving Dad who encouraged her to audition for Idol. The aspiring vocalist was initially unsure she could pull it off. She's inherently "shy". "I was the one in school not asking the questions - I wouldn't put my hand up," Mauboy reveals. Ironically, Idol gave her a confidence boost.

Signing to Sony BMG, Mauboy issued a commemorative CD/DVD, 'The Journey', of live performances, among them her sublime rendition of Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful'. 'The Journey' shot into the Top 5 on the ARIA album charts, clocking up Gold sales. Jessica was then invited to join the supergroup Young Divas after Ricki-Lee Coulter's departure - providing the perfect transition into a solo career. "They were my role models," Jessica says of her former band mates.

At 19, Mauboy took her music to the next level with 'Been Waiting'. In addition to Audius, she's co-written material with Israel and Adam Reily, all Oz producers. "Australia needs to know that - we do have really good producers," Jessica enthuses. As with 'Running Back', Mauboy wanted to convey emotional depth. "I was willing to really open up about any experience that I went through that was emotional - the ups and downs." But 'Been Waiting' is no MOR set. Mauboy refashions contemporary urban, club and electro-pop sounds. It's a little Rihanna, a little Beyonce, but a whole lotta Jessica Mauboy. And she ensures her songs are timeless by flexing the same powerful voice that knocked over Idol judge Marcia Hines.