Singer-Songwriter Montaigne (aka Jessica Cerro) is one busy lady!
First gracing the airwaves as part of the Triple J Unearthed comp in 2012, her album Glorious Heights has since debuted at #4 on the ARIA charts. Montaigne is now touring the country with back-to-back headliner shows and a sprinkling of festival appearances taking up the rest of the year.
We were lucky enough to grab a few minutes to chat with this infectiously smiley gal!
What were you up to before you became a solo artist?
Before I was a solo artist I was finishing high school hahaha. I suppose I “broke out” onto the scene when I was 17, so even before my last year. I fancied myself doing everything before it became apparent that being a singer-songwriter wasn’t just a pipe dream. I wanted to be graphic designer, a zoologist, a journalist, a translator, a scholar of history, a secondary school teacher, a professional football (soccer) player, the list goes on.
How did you go about choosing the stage name Montaigne?
I read about Montaigne in Alain de Botton’s book The Consolations of Philosophy. I really liked what I read and continued to read about him online, I resonated a lot with the character and approach of Montaigne and was sold after not too long. That he’s French and I studied French for many years is also a nice connection.
What is your greatest indulgence?
Being a somewhat attractive cis-gender white woman.
What part of the planet would you most like to explore?
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