Mo’Ju has been called “one of Australia’s most exciting singer/ songwriters” and their music has amassed critical, commercial and cultural influence.
2018’s release “Native Tongue” was one of the year’s most important and award-winning releases, impacting not only Mo’Ju’s life and music but also the Australian musical landscape. With the album being career definer for the sing/songwriter, Mo’Ju had documented a deep and intimate exploration of family and identity, in particular her Wiradjuri and Filipino roots. The album represented a turning point in both Mo’Ju’s career and also the ways in which Australian songwriters are telling their stories.
2019 saw the release of a mini-album Ghost Town, reaching into an electronica inspired sound and 2021 sees a new E.P. ‘O.K.’, a vulnerable and introspective reflection on mental health and loneliness, which, through Mo’Ju’s provocative songwriting , offers up music as an antidote for sadness.
“These are sad songs but they were also part of a healing process. Music is pretty special like that and I am extremely grateful to have the tools to express myself and process my feelings through a creative practice. These songs weren’t always intended to be released into the world but in doing so I feel like I am letting go of their weight.”
Not only is Mo’Ju known for being a prolific recording artist but also for their hard work on the touring circuit. A career of which was at an all-time high for the artist right before the pandemic, having completed almost 200 shows on 3 continents in 18 months.
Highlights included national tour supports for both The Hilltop Hoods and Paul Kelly, Festival dates including WOMAD and SXSW and 2 Headline tours including dates at Sydney Opera House and Melbourne Arts Centre. In February of 2021 Mo’Ju returned to the stage with a full band for a one off show accompanied by the Victorian Orchestra at Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
A thought-provoking and articulate speaker, Mo’Ju took on a BIGSOUND keynote address in 2019 and hosted her own panel in 2020, has spoken to media giants including SBS The Feed, VICE, Q&A and The Guardian, and even delved into writings sessions at the famed Songhubs in Brooklyn. Currently Mo’Ju is working on a 4th studio album.