Award-winning opera singer and songwriter Jess Hitchcock is an Indigenous performer, composer and singer-songwriter with family origins from Saibai in the Torres Straits and Papua New Guinea. Over the last 3 years Jess has been touring with Kate Miller-Heidke as her backing vocalist around Australia and last year was with Kate at the Eurovision song contest in Israel. The end of 2019 saw Jess tour with Paul Kelly and Kate Miller-Hiedke on Paul’s Making Gravy Tour. Jess was a featured artist in Paul Kelly’s set, leading to the release of the track they sung together, ‘Everyday My Mother’s Voice’, and their collaboration on Channel 9 and Frontier Touring’s Music From The Home Front. This year Jess had the honour of performing alongside Archie Roach for ABC’s series The Sound and again during Archie’s emotional performance of Took the Children Away at his induction to the Aria Hall of Fame.
For the last 10 years Jess has worked as a teacher, composer and artist with Australia’s only Indigenous opera company Short Black Opera. The role of ‘Alice’ created in Short Black Opera’s Pecan Summer was Jess’s debut professional opera production. She received a Broadway World award for best supporting actress in an opera for her creation of this role at the Sydney Opera House, 2016. This role led to the opportunity to work on Opera Australia’s production of The Rabbits, for which she was awarded a prestigious Green Room Award for Best Female in a supporting role also in 2016.
Jess was the 2019 recipient of the Smuggler of Light, Indigenous Music and Media Award presented at the APRA Professional Development awards. Jess’s first album ‘Bloodline’ was released July 4th, 2019.