Jessica Mauboy personal with Beautiful
Jessica Mauboy gets personal on her new album, writes
USTRALIAN pop sweetheart Jessica Mauboy’s new album, Beautiful, is full of uplifting dancefloor confections.
But it is the deeper tracks, such as Never Going To Be The Same, that the 24-year-old considers the core of the album.
Mauboy remembers walking into the studio to record feeling fed up about her relationship with music, her partner, record label and herself.
‘‘A lot of those emotions went in that day and, you know, I lost control and the producers were looking at me sideways going ‘I’ve never seen you like this Jess, what is going on?’ I felt frustrated and I’m so happy that I got to have those emotions because it brought out a song I’d never done before.
‘‘This is a completely whole other level, this song is for me, and it’s definitely the base of the album, the heart and soul of the album.’’
Mauboy lives by the philosophy what will be, will be, and she explores this idea, and niggling self-doubt, in I Believe.
She describes the song as a reflection on her journey, from a winning a national country music competition at age 14, her success on Australian Idol and then going on to support the likes of Beyonce and entertain Hollywood’s A-list at the official Emmys after party this year.
‘‘I guess I was inspired by me, being on the journey and having the phenomenal pathway that I’ve been on,’’ Mauboy says.
‘‘There is no way you can go through life without second guessing; I’ve done a lot of that. This song is definitely a dedication to me really, just giving myself hope and belief that I can keep the strength and keep that courage up and continue to be just me.’’
Although the album has plenty of dance anthems such as the title track and Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up), Mauboy rarely hits clubs herself.
‘‘I normally just kind of turn up the music at home, have friends come along and make dinner for each other and prance around in the loungeroom,’’ she says.
‘‘Or maybe having a bit of a groove in the car. It’s those dance anthems that really connect with being in the car, turning the music up, winding the windows down and having the wind blow through your hair.’’
Mauboy will begin a tour across metropolitan and regional Australia – including a stop on the Gold Coast – that begins in Alice Springs this month.
After success in films Bran Nue Dae and The Sapphires, Mauboy says she is keen to continue acting.
‘‘It was a huge step (playing Julie in The Sapphires) . . . but it’s really inspired me to want to do a lot more script reading and just branch out into meeting casting directors and people within the film world.’’
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