Jess Hitchcock is a Melbourne-based Indigenous singer-songwriter who has stirred the Australian music and performing arts scene as a genre-defying force. Her powerful voice and knack for storytelling has seen her shine across pop, country, folk, opera and music theatre, sharing the stage and studio with some of Australia’s favourites.
One of Jess’s most notable collaborations is with legendary Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. Together they performed and recorded Paul’s song, ‘Everyday My Mother’s Voice’, earning standing ovations across the nation. You can occasionally find Jess in Paul’s band on vocals and percussion. Jess has also collaborated with Archie Roach, Tina Arena and Kate Miller-Heidke.
Jess’s much anticipated album, ‘Unbreakable’, was released mid 2023 and reached #4 in the AIR charts. Her original material is equal parts dramatic as it is playful, always showcasing her vocal prowess. Unbreakable’s first single, ‘I Don’t Have The Heart’, was described by The Music as “an arena sized pop ballad”.
When Jess is not on stage with her own band, or joining forces with Australian music legends, Jess lends her mezzo-soprano vocals to select performing arts companies, including MSO, SSO, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Victorian Opera and Opera Queensland.
Born with heritage from the Torres Strait Islands and Papua New Guinea, Jess’s artistic diversity and adroitness are seldom seen in someone as young as her. The way she navigates her creative path is a rare find and nothing short of inspirational.