Titled “Right Here, Right Now”, the infectious anthem is a happy ode to living in the moment, powered by the pop icon’s radiating positivity.
“”Right Here, Right Now” is about being present and embracing all your qualities and accepting who you are,” Mauboy explains. “We try to be perfect, but at the end of the day, it’s a statement, you’ve turned up with all that you are and you’re ready, embracing and celebrating all of you!”
Mauboy worked with long-time collaborators David Musumeci and Anthony Egizii (DNA) to pen the hopeful pop track. Her confident vocals soar over glittering keys, with the track incorporating striking elements of disco and funk.
“The only thing we can control in life is our present, and it’s a song that’s about finding peace and joy through accepting where you are now and leaning into it,” Mauboy adds.
“Right Here, Right Now” is Mauboy’s first single of 2023 and follows “Automatic”, her only single released last year. The singer hasn’t released a full studio album since Hilda in 2019, which topped the ARIA Albums Chart and was nominated for Album of the Year at the 2022 ARIA Music Awards.
Mauboy appeared at Sydney WorldPride earlier this month, performing a set at the Blak & Deadly: The First Nations Gala Concert. Held at the Sydney Opera House (the only official WorldPride event held at the iconic venue), the two-hour concert highlighted Aboriginal and Torres Strait LGBTQIA+ artistry. Mauboy featured alongside the likes of comedian Steven Oliver, Electric Fields, Mo’Ju, and RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under star Kween Kong.
“Thank you so much to everyone involved, it was an incredible celebration of First Nation artists and I feel so grateful to have been apart of it all,” she wrote on social media following the event.
Jessica Mauboy’s “Right Here, Right Now” is out now.