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Interview with Jessica Mauboy

By: Benjamin Ruge

TLDR: Good Taste Brekky hosts Elerrina and Jodie interview international superstar Jessica Mauboy.

Elerrina and Jodie had the honour of welcoming superstar, and a judge for The Voice Australia 2021, Jessica Mauboy to Good Taste Brekky.  

Jessica Mauboy is a pop icon, actress, musician, and role model, who first burst onto our screens and into our hearts in 2006 on reality TV show Australian Idol and has since gone on to take over the world with her infectious signature sound.

THE VOICE

As one of Australia’s biggest names, Jessica Mauboy is taking a spot as a judge on The Voice Australia this year.

Normally, an interview would start with some questions for the interviewee, but this time Elerrina and Jodie began with singing Happy Birthday for Jessica, as it was her birthday the week prior.

“I had such a wonderful day and party with just family because of lockdown but thank you so much for singing for me!” Jessica said.

“Oh, I’ve been practicing all week,” Elerrina laughed.

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Jodie asked, “so, Jess, you shot to stardom through a singing reality show, do you think contestants on The Voice bond with you a little more because you’ve been through that experience?”

“Having come from that same process, and you know them seeing me and saying, ‘she’s been through that audition’, I think it’s a wonderful connection to have and for them to brave it as well.”

“I don’t know if it’s just me, but it feels like The Voice has really upped the ante this year; the voices are insane!” Elerrina said.

“Some of the voices leave me mind blown and I’m like ‘woah where did you come from!” Jessica said. “Artists are getting much more creative with their voices by putting their own stamp on it and stepping out of societies boxes.”

Elerrina played a snippet of her favourite audition and then asked Jessica what it’s like missing out on having amazing voices on your team when it’s already full.

“Obviously it sucks, but it really woke me up and made me ready and excited for round two because you know everyone is here to compete and win,” Jessica answered.

Jodie said, “they’re all so talented and it’d be hard turning the chair, so what are you looking for; raw talent, or an established voice?”

“I think there’s a combination, a lot of it is instinct like when they [artist] do something different with the song, and sometimes they tell their own story with the song which is what I particularly listen for,” Jessica said. “Sometimes there’s a spark in a way someone approaches the song.”

THE INDIGENOUS LITERACY FOUNDATION

“You’re a jack of all trades, and you’re the ambassador for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, which I believe there is an Indigenous Literacy Day in September,” Elerrina said. “How do we get involved?”

“We’ve been preparing for a virtual experience for Indigenous Literacy Day, so the first step would be singing up to the website,” Jessica said. “There’s a lot of remote communities that have submitted their stories about their connection to land, elders and community leaders.

“It’s nice having young indigenous kids being able to share their language with the rest of the world. That’s what it’s all about; teaching kids how to read and share their language.”

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About the Author: Benjamin Ruge is a student journalist and aspiring writer, hoping to reach all heights of the journalism industry.

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