Jessica Mauboy may not be one of the biggest names in the United Kingdom, but in her native Australia she's done well to maintain relevance since springing into the public eye many years back.

We've put together five huge facts about Jessica so that you can get to know her a little better, and listen to her music with our handy videos in the process! Enjoy!

Jessica Mauboy
Jessica Mauboy

Jessica competed in Australian Idol

After she finished as the runner-up in the fourth season of Australian Idol, Jessica managed to to live out her dreams of becoming a professional singer in the public eye. This led to her signing with Sony Music Australia - a huge label that seems to push her at every given opportunity.

Her first album was 'The Journey'

Jessica's debut album 'The Journey' was released in February 2007, and managed to peak at number four on the ARIA Albums Chart. The record has been given a gold certificate by the Australian Recording Industry Association.

Her first studio album was 'Been Waiting'

Jessica's debut studio album 'Been Waiting' followed 'The Journey' around a year and a half after the latter's release, dropping in November 2008. The record saw some success in Japan and the 2009 Deadly awards saw Mauboy win Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year and Single Release of the Year for 'Burn'.

She's got a healthy acting career

2010 saw Mauboy make her acting debut in the film adaptation of the 1990 Aboriginal musical Bran Nue Dae. Later in the same year she appeared in Underbelly: Razor and in 2012 she picked up a lead role in major movie The Sapphires, earning her the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and the Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress.

She's working on her fourth studio album

In an interview earlier this year with the Australian Associated Press, Jessica revealed that she's already writing and planning for her fourth studio albums, and has a release date in mind for next year, 2016. She said: "This time around with the album I would like to... just take risks in terms of the sound and identifying who I am as a woman. It's more of rhythmic pop so it's not going to be extreme pop. It's going to be a little bit more soul."

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