The fourth artist in our Who Is series for the Eurovision Song Contest 2020 is Montaigne from Australia.
Montaigne (Jessica Cerro) was born on August 14 1995 in Sydney was raised in Hills District in the north west of the city. She describes her ethnic background as ” a mixture of Argentinian, Spanish, Filipino and French”.
In 2012, she reached the final of the Triple J Unearthed High School, a contest run by alternative music station Triple J but decided to wait until after high school to start her career. She spent two years working on her songwriting skills, during which she started using the stage name Montaigne, inspired by the 16th century essayist and novelist Michel de Montaigne.
In 2014, Montaigne released her debut single “I Am Not an End”, which received heavy rotation on Triple J. The song was the 36th most played song on Triple J in 2014. The same day, she released her second single “I’m a Fantastic Wreck”, which received heavy rotation on Triple J and Sydney-based station FBi Radio. In 2015, she won the “Next Best Thing” Award at FBi Radio’s SMAC Awards.
In 2016, Montaigne released her debut studio album “Glorious Heights”. In the months preceding the album launch, she released three singles from the album: “Clip My Wings”, “In the Dark” and “Because I Love You”. She was also featured on the Hilltop Hoods’ song “1955”, which reached number 2 on the Australian Singles Chart in February 2016. In November of the same year, she won the “Breakthrough Artist -Release” Award at the ARIA Awards.
In 2018, she released “For Your Love” as the lead single for her second album “Complex”, which debuted at number 19 on the Australian Albums Chart. She released two more singles from the album: “Ready” and “Love Might Be Found (Volcano)”.
The song that Montaigne will sing in Rotterdam is called “Don’t Break Me”. The song was written and composed by Anthony Egizii and David Musumeci (collectively known as DNA) and Montaigne herself. DNA have written the Australian entries in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Montaigne won the right to represent Australia in Rotterdam after winning Eurovision 2020 – Australia Decides. Montaigne won the jury vote and finished second in the public vote.
Montaigne will perform in the first half of the first semi-final on May 12.