Exclusive: Jessica Mauboy is worried about the kids who still don’t have a home or school in the communities devastated by the black summer of bushfires.
As the Artists Unite For Fire Fight CD debuted at No. 1 on the ARIA charts this weekend, Mauboy said the proceeds from the record will be targeted to assist youth dealing with anxiety and depression in the wake of the disaster.
The 23-track release of highlights from the Fire Fight Australia concert last month was only available as a paid download or two CD set to maximise the royalties which will be distributed by the Sony Foundation.
“We are juggling a lot as a country right now but I think we have to make people aware that outside of coronavirus, there are still thousands of people trying to rebuild their lives,” she said.
“Some of these people don’t have their own homes to self-isolate in or schools and now because of coronavirus, these communities are being forced apart again.
“There are a lot of kids feeling anxious and depressed and what we are trying to do with the Fire Fight record is take some of the load off parents by providing services for youth feeling under pressure.”
Mauboy also wants to inspire a new initiative as Australia shifts to the cooler months to assist those left with only the clothes on their back when the fires struck.
“I want people to put their coats out. I’ve started unpacking my winter clothes and am going to donate all my jackets to people in bushfire affected areas,” she said.
A month after the momentous Fire Fight concert Mauboy still gets goosebumps when she contemplates her performance on the huge ANZ Stadium which flashed by in a blur.
“I could really feel the electricity from the crowd when I went out there, it was a real out-of-body experience and you could feel everyone was thinking about why they were there; that concert was up there as one of the greatest moments I have ever experienced and I’m still feeling the adrenaline rush of it,” she said.
But she jokes she got more reaction from family and friends for her hot pink playsuit when she came off stage and her phone lit up with texts.
“When I was backstage and I saw what everyone else was wearing I did think ‘Is this too much?’ but I wanted to bring a colour that said celebration,” she said, laughing.
“Coming offstage, I got so many messages thanking me for the outfit; it took me three days to get back to everyone to say ‘I’m glad to hear you love the outfit’. I’m cool with that.”
5 Seconds of Summer bassist Calum Hood, who is currently in lockdown in Los Angeles, was shocked to discover the album went to No.1.
“People buying this record epitomises the Australian spirit and it makes me so proud to be an Australian to see that,” Hood said.
“I think the bushfire crisis and now the pandemic offers us an opportunity to reflect on how interdependent we are as a human race.”
Canadian singing sorceress who cast a spell on the Fire Fight crowd with her emotional performance of Hallelujah also saluted the fans who had supported the campaign to get the Artists Unite For Fire Fight CD to No.1.
“It was an honour to play Fire Fight and help raise money for Australians who were affected by the fires,” she said.
“Those communities are still really suffering and we need to continue to support them as they try to rebuild their lives. This album is another way for people to continue to show their support, it’s great to see so many Australians really getting behind this record.”