Jes­sica Mauboy per­sonal with Beau­ti­ful

Jes­sica Mauboy gets per­sonal on her new al­bum, writes

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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.’’

Beau­ti­ful

is re­leased tomorrow. Jes­sica Mauboy plays Jupiters Ho­tel & Casino on Novem­ber 20 and Lis­more Work­ers Club on Jan­uary 10.

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