After teasing us with details for months, a brand new Jessica Mauboy album is finally here. Her fifth studio album, Yours Forever was recorded in her home studio and will, she says, be a true reflection of where she is at in her life today.
“Yours Forever is me at my truest self, comfortable in my skin, not comparing myself or trying to be someone or something that anyone expects me to be,” the Australian pop and style icon says. Read on for a few unexpected and fun facts behind the making of Forever Yours.
Who is Jessica Mauboy’s husband?
In 2022 Jess married her long-time partner Themeli ‘Them’ Magripilis, who she met in nightclub in Darwin when they were both 18 years old.
Her recent single Flashback from her new album Yours Forever is a “musical time machine” and love letter to her husband. “It’s a lump in your throat, butterflies in your stomach, a giddy feeling,” she tells The Weekly.
“The lyrics: ‘Flashback I’m frozen, standing right in front of the one I’m gunna love’ is reminiscent of when I first met my husband. I remember feeling frozen, my mind clearing, and the distinct feeling that our connection was a premonition of our love to come.”
What kind of dog does Jessica Mauboy have?
Jess is the proud paw parent of Spoodle Leonardo “Leo” Mauboy. He accompanies here everywhere – including in the video clip for her new single Forget You!
Who are other collaborators on Yours Forever?
Collaborators on Yours Forever include Jason Derulo (who Jessica bonded with while both were judges on The Voice Australia), Meg Mac and Pnau, and Empire of the Sun producer Nick Littlemore.
How many songs are there on Yours Forever?
There are 14 songs on Yours Forever, her “most raw album yet” and each is told in a pictorial vignettes.
“I think in pictures, I think in time where I was, and emotionally how I arc an album together,” Jess tells The Weekly. “So I want almost an invitation at the beginning of the album and then an unresolved closing. Because … there’s never really a closing to anything. It’s purely about just the experience and the excitement around it and that there’s going to be more of an experience maybe for someone. And for me there’s never a closing when it comes to music because there’s always something to write about.”
Another new song, Whitney, pays tribute to her sisters and growing up in a busy family in Darwin.
Jess says: “Whitney really paints a picture of how I am and how I was with my sisters growing up, stealing diaries and reading secrets. It really takes you through [the family home]. You walk in the cowboy house and then you see my mom in the kitchen and you see my dad in the backyard cutting up coconuts, and then you walk up the stairs and there’s our rooms and you are invited into this space where we all had to bunk in the same room and sleep in the same room, wake up together and still stealing each other’s clothes to go to school.”