Jessica Cerro aka Montaigne, was born in Sydney in 1995 and is an art-pop singer-songwriter. Her debut album Glorious Heights peaked at #4 on the ARIA Album Charts.
In 2012 Jessica Cerro was a finalist in the Triple J Unearthed competition but opted to finish her education before pursuing music. Cerro later opted for the stage name after the 16th essayist and philosopher Michel de Montaigne. After dropping her debut single I Am Not An End, Montaigne signed with Wonderlick Entertainment.
On August 20, 2019 Montaigne released her second album Complex which marked a wildly creative return for the singer and received warm to strong critic reviews.
In recent years, Australia has entered the Eurovision song competition - and Montaigne's individuality, charisma, and sheer vocal talent make her a great addition to this burgeoning tradition.
Her plans for the 2020 edition - along with everyone's - were scuttled by COVID-19. Thankfully though, she's back on board for the 2021 competition, which is to be hosted by the Netherlands in May, after the country's 2019 victory.
But in the strange post-COVID era, the Australian artist will actually be performing her song, Technicolour, remotely. No doubt she'll still do us proud.
As for the next career move? Who knows. At 25, the dazzlingly multi-talented artist is poised to take her career anywhere she wants. With awards aplenty festooning the mantlepiece, the industry and the wider public have already acknowledged her multitudinous talents.
Clearly though, these kinds of material accolades don't motivate an artist like Montaigne.