Jessica gears up for tonight's big show in Coffs
THE Coffs Coast Advocate's entertainment pages Social Animal recently asked Australian music megastar Jessica Mauboy a few questions ahead of tonight's much anticipated show at C.ex Coffs.
SA: Your recent ARIA win was your first as voted by your peers. What does this mean to you?
JM: I am so honoured to have received this award - it means a lot to even be nominated with such an incredible group of female artists.
SA: Along with the usual benefits of enjoying a successful music career how important is it to also be a role model and inspiration for young women and in particular young indigenous people?
Was it something you thought about when you auditioned for Australian Idol or was it a progressive feeling along your path to success?
JM: I have recently become an ambassador for the Yipirinya school in Alice Springs - it's the only school that runs an indigenous program along side the NT curriculum.
My role is to raise awareness for what this school is trying to achieve which is to give all these kids a balanced education by teaching them both the NT curriculum side by side with indigenous studies.
I hope that my involvement helps them to believe that they can achieve anything they put their heart and mind to and to pursue their dreams.
SA: What do you have planned for 2014? Any international tours collaborations in the pipeline?
JM: I will finish my "To The End Of The Earth" Tour and continue to work my album "Beautiful" - there are a few exciting things in the pipeline after that but I can't talk about them just yet.
SA: Have you had any other movie role offers? Will you continue to pursue an acting career too?
JM: Absolutely! I am always looking at other movie opportunities and would certainly be keen to continue to pursue more film work should the right role come up.
SA: Do you plan to launch your own perfume like many other celebrities do?
JM: I have had so much going on right now it's not something I have thought about but if the right opportunity came up then it would be very cool to do!
SA: What do you do when you are lucky enough to have time-off?
JM: I try and head home to Darwin whenever I get a chance. It sometimes means lots of red-eye flights but it's worth it when I get there as I get to hang out with my family and friends, eat home-cooked meals, go fishing, quad biking and all the things I love to do when I'm home!
SA: What's your favourite part of Australia?
JM: I honesty LOVE Australia and am so proud to call it my home when I am travelling overseas but obviously my hometown of Darwin holds a special place in my heart.
SA: Who inspires you musically and/or as a person?
JM: I have been blessed to work with some incredibly talented and inspiring people. Musically- everyone from writers, producers, to my fellow Australian artists, to my musical idols such as Mariah (Carey) - there are so many people that inspire me. I am also constantly inspired by the teachers and students at the Yipirinya school where I am an ambassador.
SA: Our reader question from Brooke: Please tell us your hair secrets. What salon/colourist do you use? You have the best balayage and highlight I have ever seen on dark hair. Also what is your favourite way to wear your hair?
JM: Thank you. I go see a wonderful woman in Sydney called Monique at Que Hairdressers for my colour. She does amazing things with hair! I am lucky that with my job I get to have my hair and makeup done by some very talented people - but my favourite way to wear my hair is probably just out and natural.
SA: Have you ever been to Coffs Harbour before as a musician or in your general travels?
JM: Yes I love Coffs Harbour. Can't wait to get back there and bust it out with everyone.
YOU can bust a move with Jessica Mauboy tonight when she performs her biggest hits including music from The Sapphires as well as unveiling brand new songs as part of her End of the Earth tour which arrives at C.ex Coffs. Tickets are on sale at the club or online.