Originally from the tropics of far north Queensland, Jessie Lloyd an award winning musician dedicated to the strength and progress of modern Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture through the mediums of music and song. Jessie comes from a musical family and has gained industry recognition including WAM Song of the Year in 2007 and a nomination for Female Artist of the Year at the 2009 Too Solid Awards.
One of her many projects is the Mission Songs project an initiative to research and present a collection of Indigenous songs that were composed and performed from 1900 to 1999. Focusing on songs from the Christian missions, Aboriginal reserves and the fringes of township were Indigenous people were relocated.
These songs, largely hidden from the outside world, offer a unique window of life on the Christian missions, native settlements and the fringes of townships where Aboriginal and Islander people were displaced.
The collection consists of rare and almost forgotten songs that now shed light on the history of our Indigenous communities, their stories and their resilience in a harsh changing world. You can find out more about it by clicking here.