Jessica Mauboy: Influences

Jessica Mauboy: Influences

Music has run through Jessica Mauboy’s veins since she was a young child growing up in Darwin. The singer, songwriter and actor’s sound hasn’t only been impacted by her frequent songwriting collaborators and guest artists, but by a deep love for pop, R&B and even country music. Alongside a few recent favourites, she talks through some of the songs that have influenced her style over the years. Normani, “Motivation” “I love this song because I love the music video!” Janet Jackson, “Together Again” “The lyrics in this song capture everything. This is a hopeful song, which is why I gravitate towards it. It’s about being connected with the people you love.” Whitney Houston, “I Have Nothing” “This song is a song from my childhood and also the most memorable song as it won me my audition on Australian Idol!” Christine Anu, “Party” “This song played an important part of my life and my upbringing as it projected a strong Indigenous identity. I love how this song captures so much fun and energy and beauty.” Lil Nas X, “Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)” “The first time I heard this song, it reminded me of my 11-year-old self, singing country music busking around Darwin.”

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