She was revealed as Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2018 way back in December. Fast forward to the eve of Sydney’s Mardi Gras last Saturday, Jessica Mauboy showed her support for the event with the hashtag #WEGOTLOVE – a clue about her Eurovision entry, hidden in plain sight.
And now — after many teases, leaks and snippets — Jessica has finally released her song for Lisbon “We Got Love”.
Jessica Mauboy “We Got Love” Official Music Video
“We Got Love” officially landed at midnight on Friday morning, Melbourne time.
The track is co-written by Jessica and DNA –David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (who also wrote the entries for Dami Im in 2016 and Isaiah Firebrace in 2017). David and Anthony explain the story their track, as “a reminder that love, acceptance and the power of inclusivity can overcome all obstacles or hardships that arise”.
It’s a mid-tempo pop number all about empowerment in the face of a testing relationship. The accompanying film clip sees Jessica getting wet and dancing on her own inside a light box — all in front of a projection of contrasting nature and modern light imagery. She ain’t gonna surrender — because Ms Mauboy has sass, style and love to share.
The path to today’s release has been as rocky as the Northern Territory Jessica hails from. On Monday night, a full version of the track leaked online — only to be taken down shortly after by Jessica’s record label Sony.
And while many eagle-eyed fans did get a taste of the leaked track, Jessica’s official release remasters the leaked version, cutting the track to fit within the three minutes as specified under Eurovision rules and finishing on a powerful note.
Speaking to wiwiblogger William back in December after her official announcement as the Australian entrant for 2018, Jessica revealed her passion for Eurovision, telling us that she has “unfinished business” at the competition following her participation in the 2014 interval act.
The queen of the Australian desert also expressed an interest in performing in preview parties – so watch this space!
Who is Jessica Mauboy?
Securing a contract with Sony BMG at the young age of 14 after winning a regional singing competition, Jessica rose to fame as the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol in 2006. Her father is of Indonesian origin and her mother is of Indigenous Australian, Native American and English descent.
After Idol, Jessica joined the girl group Young Divas in 2007 alongside fellow Australian idol alumni, before making her big solo break in 2008 with her debut album Been Waiting, where her single “Burn” became her first number one single. She has since collaborated with artists Pitbull, Snoop Dogg and Flo Rida, as well as touring alongside Chris Brown and Beyonce.
Alongside her music career, Jessica also started acting, garnering critical acclaim in her performances in Australian films Bran Nue Dae in 2010 and The Sapphires in 2012, before securing the lead role in Australian television series The Secret Daughter in 2016.
Eurovision fans were first introduced to Jessica when she was selected by SBS as the interval act in the second semi-final of the 2014 contest in Copenhagen, where she performed “Sea of Flags”. Most recently, Jessica scored six nominations at the Australian Record Industry Awards in 2017 for her album The Secret Daughter Season Two: Songs from the Original 7 Series.
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