Listen: Sam chats with Jess Mauboy about being the newest coach to join 'The Voice Australia'
Jessica Mauboy has been performing on our screens for over 15 years, since being declared runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol.
Jess, 32, is originally from the Northern Territory, with her family originating from the Indigenous tribe KuKu Yalanji.
She credits her family and her minimalist upbringing for keeping her grounded, as she rose to fame.
“Growing up in a small town… and not having everything, was everything to me. It kept me grounded and balanced,” Jess told Hope 103.2.
This season of The Voice features Janaki Easwar, a 12-year-old girl from Melbourne. She’s the youngest artist to ever audition on the Aussie version of the competition.
On Hope Breakfast, Jess explained to Sam Robinson that it’s possible for a 12-year-old to handle the fame and a stage like that.
“I think it takes a lot of bravery and courage. It is a lot, but can be handled with the right people around you,” she said.
You can hear more of Jess talking about The Voice, and if she’s ever turned her chair prematurely, in the player above.