Jessica Wishart Set To Launch Debut EP ‘My Black Boy’ At The Wheatsheaf Hotel
Young Bidjara musician Jessica Wishart is set to launch her debut EP My Black Boy at The Wheatsheaf Hotel on Saturday, 14th October with support from John Baker, Nancy Bates and Vonda Last.
Jessica is a natural storyteller creatively weaving together her experiences as a young Aboriginal woman, daughter and mother to explore her culture and its place within the greater community. Jessica’s songwriting evokes her deeply held personal beliefs that become public through her collective musical arrangements of country, folk and soul music.
Just as education provides the tools to articulate frustrations and anger, Jessica’s music allows for the sharing and discussion of personal issues. My Black Boy’s lead single ‘Forbidden Love’ highlights Jessica’s soulful vocals accompanied by a smooth, easy listening jazz instrumentation, creating an alluring blues set against a lyrical journey unfolding forbidden romance and internal conflict.
"Forbidden Love is such an old school jazzy soulful song featuring some sexy trumpet solos and a sensual bass line. It’s a song about lust and a woman's desire for another man. When I wrote this song I imagined a 1940s theme, soulful feels and a woman putting herself in danger by falling for another man - very alluring and fantasy-like," Jessica explains.
Jessica recorded the EP My Black Boy, at My Sweet Mule Studios working with The Yearlings’ Chris Parkinson and acclaimed songwriter and performer John Baker, featuring additional vocals by Nancy Bates.
"Words can’t explain the feelings I have about releasing this EP. The songs are so personal to me and hold a lot of meaning, especially ‘My Black Boy’ and ‘A Mother’s Cry’. I am so very excited to see how other people relate to my music. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with the likes of John Baker and Chris Parkinson, they have done an exceptional job and I am so proud of this CD. It was more than I could have ever imagined.”
Jessica has performed at Tandanya’s Survival Day concert and at the Adelaide Fringe Festival, and is one of two artists in Nexus Arts’ Creative Pathways development program for ATSI contemporary musicians. She was named the winner of the Channel 9 Young Aboriginal Achiever Award in 2015 for her community work and leadership within her community. In 2017, she is a participant in the Governor’s Leadership Foundation program.
Jessica is passionate about education for Aboriginal young people, believing that education is the key to breaking the cycle of disadvantage that Aboriginal people face. She has worked in the Department of Education and Child Development for the past five years, helping young Aboriginal people to channel their frustrations and anger into leadership and integrity.
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