Though the recently concluded 65th Eurovision Song Competition declared the Italian goup Maneskin as the 2021 winner, what caught this writer’s curiosity was Australia’s bet for this year’s competition – Montaigne. She’s not only a gifted signer and song writer, but she is also very proud of her Filipino heritage.
Her real name is Jessica Alyssa Cerro (born in 14 August 1995) and was raised in the Hills District, NSW. Her heritage is a mixture of Argentinian, Spanish, French and Filipino. The Filipino part comes from her Mom who lived in Manila until she was 18. Her father used to play professional football and has travelled to different countries playing the sport. This influenced Jessica to pursue the sport growing up. One day, while talking about collating all the videos of her games, her mom gave her the idea of using her original song to play as background in the video. Her family thought that she sounded amazing and supported her love for singing.
She eventually caught the limelight when her song “Anyone But Me” was played by Triple J Unearthed as one of the High School finalists in 2012. This was the break she needed that got her a contract with Albert Music (Australia’s oldest publishing company) which was later on bought by BMG Records.
In an interview with Tim of ESCXTRA, she discusses a bit of her family background and her love of “sinigang” and how she turned it vegan.
So here's to seeing her perform in the Philippines soon! Goodluck Montaigne!