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Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019



Sunday Territorian 6 Oct 2019


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Community newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.; Australian newspapers -- Northern Territory -- Darwin.

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SUNDAY OCTOBER 6 2019 NEWS 17 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA For several years after her arrival on Australian Idol in 2006 at the age of 16, Mauboy found herself pinballing around the world to craft her music, thrust into speed datestyle songwriting sessions with renowned hit-makers. The results were consistent: Mauboy has four platinum albums to her name, went on tour with Beyonc and is the winner of two ARIA Music Awards. But the ongoing goal of making radio-friendly pop hits rarely aligned with the private ambitions of the young female who wanted to sing her truth. When I have felt the bolts were tightened or made to feel my sh*t wasnt right, you pretend youre OK with it, reveals Mauboy. Then Id go home and spend all night wondering why I had sabotaged myself, why I hadnt spoken up. Which is why reconnecting with her family and her hometown has always been important for Mauboy. In particular, it served as the fuel she needed to begin the newest chapter of her career and gave her the courage to dictate the course of her fourth studio album, which she decided to call Hilda. This time around, Mauboy was adamant the songs on the track listing would need to be produced in Australia, with trusted collaborators and unlikely new creative companions. The walls were down, she says. And I was never made to feel like I was wrong. Everyone was onboard. She worked with previous collaborators, but for the Hilda sessions she also teamed up with new writers several of them women, which she says had a profound effect on her confidence. They pushed me and encouraged me to say what I mean and I never had that in a lot of creative studio moments, she says. The guys are understanding and encouraging but the girls were like, Sing it like you just said it! Her sounding board, longterm partner Themeli Magripilis, was another integral member of Team Jess during the making of the album. He gave her feedback on every song, from the deeply emotional Just Like You dedicated to both her father and her lover through to the cheeky Jealous. Mauboy says he has a natural appreciation for songwriting; his lifelong exposure to his familys construction business means he knows how to build something from scratch, and make it beautiful and strong. Its amazing how much he gets excited about me bringing home new music. He is an only son, and having watched his relationship with his mum and dad, even at the beginning of our relationship, I realised hes so giving. Ahead of Hildas release, Mauboy once again headed back to the Northern Territory alongside Stellar for a special excursion to Uluru, the physical and spiritual heart of Australia. The trip gave her an opportunity to explore the rock and its stories like she had with her mother, to show respect for the Anangu people of that land and to learn more about their culture. Upon arriving, Mauboy and the Stellar team went for a bike ride around the rock. We were really quiet; all you could hear was the gust of wind howling around the rock. I felt like it was telling me a story, she recalls. The ban on climbing Uluru comes into effect later this month (October 26), coinciding with the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru to its traditional owners. Mauboy tells Stellar she wholeheartedly supports the move. The last day we went back and the conversation about closing the walk up the rock was happening, she says. When you consider the power of this rock and its history why doesnt it make sense to people? You cant deny the feelings you have standing there and it haunts me that this is even an argument. Touch the rock from its base and you will feel everything you need to feel. Shooting at the sacred site also gave Mauboy a chance to get her bare feet back on red dirt, a simple act that has long kept her physically and symbolically grounded. The dirt and the heat I feel coming up through the ground has always affected me, she says. The smell, the texture all of it makes me feel grounded, awake and present. The only reason I can walk in the heels I wear when Im working is because I know how solid that ground is. Hilda is out on October 18 This is an extract from Stellar, which is available within the Sunday Telegraph and Sunday Herald Sun Jessica Mauboy at Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park for Stellar magazine, wearing Nanushka top and pants, nanushka.com; Cartier necklace, cartier.com. LEFT: Jess as a child (at front) with her family Pictures: STEVEN CHEE and SUPPLIED TOUCH THE ROCK FROM ITS BASE AND YOU WILL FEEL EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO FEEL JOIN DARWINS BIGGEST OKTOBERFEST PARTY FRIDAY 11 OCTOBER SATURDAY 12 OCTOBER Tanunda Town Band Best Dressed Prizes Oktobefest Extravaganz Show with Miss Ellaneous Free Hair Braiding Station Stein Holding Competition Visit mindilbeachcasinoresort.com.au for more details

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