With a third studio album on the way, pop star and actor Jessica Mauboy has grown-up and found her true voice.
The indigenous artist has been turning heads around the globe with her starring performance in the feel-good Australian movie “The Sapphires,” which arrived on DVD this week in the U.S.
Mauboy took a break from music to ride the journey with the “The Sapphires.” Now she’s back, and her attention right now is squared solely on music.
The Darwin-born singer has been a star in her homeland since she hit TV screens for the 2006 series of “Australian Idol” (she was runner-up). A string of platinum-selling No. 1 records and ARIA Awards have followed.
As her stature soared, Mauboy has matured and taken more creative control of her art. “I’ve gone back to the old school and written some really heart-felt lyrics and melody and vocal tone,” she says of the new album, which Sony Music has slated for an October release.” There’s “a beautiful warm deep tone through it,” she tells Billboard. “So, it’s really taking it back and making it organic. I’m hearing my voice.”
Most of the new album was written in L.A. The first track lifted from it is “To The End Of The Earth,” a club-vibe song she co-wrote with Jaden Michaels, Ben Berger and Ryan McMahon, while Captain Cuts came on board as producers.
The official video clip was released this week and can be watched below.
Mauboy treated Australian audiences to a live showcase of the song last month during the half-time break for one of the year’s biggest sporting events – the State of Origin rugby league deciding match (she’s an ambassador for the National Rugby League and its Women In League program).
The performer will hit the road for a national tour of Australia beginning Nov. 2 at Perth Arena, and wrapping Jan. 11, 2014 at the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie. She’ll perform songs from her new album, and from “The Sapphires” soundtrack.
Thinking about the new album gives her “goose bumps,” she admits. “There is some great stuff. I’ve been in the studio day and night helping produce and vocally producing it and contributing my all and putting my heart into the album. It’s been that process where I feel I have started from the beginning again.”