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Jessica Mauboy

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Australia (2006 – present)

Jessica Hilda Mauboy (born 4 August 1989) is an Australian singer and songwriter who rose to prominence on the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006, placing second behind winner Damien Leith. Since Idol, she has released two solo albums which were certified gold and platinum respectively. She has multiple singles from her second album “Been Waiting” that have charted extremely well particularly the #1 single “Burn”, “Running Back” and “Because”. She was one of the support act for Beyonce Knowles on tour “I Am…” along with US Singer and Rapper, Flo Rida.

Jessica Hillda Mauboy’s father is of Timorese-Indonesian origin while her mother is of Indigenous Australian, Native American and English descent.

At 14, she won the Telstra ‘Road to Tamworth’ competition, with the grand prize being a single recording contract with Sony BMG. She then recorded a country version of Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. Years later, during Australian Idol, this contract became a source of controversy, with certain media reports stating that already having a recording contract was against the rules of Idol. Grundy Television said Mauboy’s experiences in Tamworth had no bearing on her involvement in Australian Idol and that she no longer had a contract with Sony, allowing her to participate in the competition.

Jessica cites Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson as her musical influences; naming Carey’s hits “My All”, “Anytime You Need A Friend”, “Butterfly” and “Hero” as personal favourites.

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