Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has opened up about her career as a singer and rapper before she became a political heavyweight – as video remerges of her performing on stage.
Unearthed footage sees the Country Liberal Party senator singing with the hip-hop group, Catch the Fly, at a concert in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, in 2011.
Ms Price, along with two other members of the group, belt out original tunes from Catch the Fly.
The musical trio had performed at the concert to raise funds for the victims of the 2010 to 2011 Queensland floods.
Ms Price revealed how instrumental music was in her life growing up.
Unearthed footage sees Jacinta Price (pictured centre) singing with the hip-hop group, Catch the Fly, at a concert in Alice Springs in 2011
The Country Liberal Party senator revealed how instrumental music was in her life growing up
‘Music was always a big part of our lives growing up, my parents played all sorts of music and there was a real expression for music in the house,’ she told The Daily Telegraph.
Ms Price explained there has always been a ‘creative impulse’ in her family, whether that was expressed through music, art or words.
Her mother, Bess Nungarrayi Price, is an Indigenous visual artist and politician like her daughter. She is especially well-known for her paintings.
Meanwhile, Ms Price’s father, Dave Price, is a former teacher and has a Masters of Letters.
The senator’s introduction to singing began when she started performing in the school choir and eisteddfods in primary school.
She also played the violin from when she was 10 before turning to hip-hip as she thought violin at the time was ‘daggy’.
‘I probably started performing hip-hop from the age of 15 with a group of cousins and school friends in a group we called Flava 4,’ she said.
Flava 4 later morphed into the hip-hop group, Catch the Fly, where Ms Price went under the stage name Sassy J.
The young Ms Price turned to hip-hop and started a group with classmates and cousins called Flava 4, which later became Catch the Fly
Ms Price performed as a member of Catch the Fly for a number of years under the stage name Sassy J
She continued performing with the hip-hop group before focusing on her writing her own songs and performing as a solo artist
She has also written her own songs and performed as a solo artist.
After years of performing with the hip-hop group, she turned to folk, soul and country music with the release of her solo album, Dry River, in 2013.
Dry River sheds light on Ms Price’s life growing up in Central Australia.
The album cover features Ms Price in a shimmering brown and gold dress, laying on a patch of red earth.
The title track Dry River is a haunting acapella ballad highlighting her powerful singing voice, while songs like Another Way hints at a country music influence.
Ms Price was also a Triple J ‘Unearthed’ artist whose singing style was compared to 1980s icon Tracy Chapman.
Images on the Unearthed site show Price in her younger years exhibiting a daring Mohawk-style hair cut.
Ms Price turned to folk, soul and country music with the release of her solo album, Dry River, in 2013
Images on the Triple J Unearthed site show Ms Price exhibiting a daring Mohawk-style hair cut
Reflecting on her music career growing up, Ms Price said there was a connection between that era and her time in politics.
‘The whole idea of creating music for us as Indigenous youth was that it was about influencing our peers positively and demonstrating that it was wrong to think that all our Aboriginal peers were up to no good,’ she said.
In a Facebook post divulging her musical past from last year, she threw her support behind musicians who she said work ‘in an environment that is challenging at the best of times’.
‘As a former singer-song writer and hip hop artist myself I can attest to the challenges. As the wife of a recording artist I continue to share in the challenges,’ she wrote.
‘Music is for us all and I will always support initiatives that enrich our national identity and the creative well being of us all.’