Mauboy at the 2013 ARIA Music Awards
|Birth name||Jessica Hilda Mauboy|
|Born||4 August 1989
Darwin, Northern Territory,Australia
|Genres||R&B, pop, dance|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Labels||Sony, Ministry of Sound|
|Associated acts||Young Divas, Stan Walker|
Jessica Hilda Mauboy (born 4 August 1989) is an Australian R&B and pop singer, songwriter, and actress. In 2006, Mauboy was the runner-up on the fourth season of Australian Idol; she had auditioned for the talent show in Alice Springs, Northern Territory to pursue a recording career. Mauboy subsequently signed a contract with Sony Music Australia.
In February 2007, she released her debut live album, The Journey, which debuted at number four on the ARIA Albums Chart, and was certified gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Later that year, she briefly became a member of all-girl pop group Young Divas, before resuming her solo career early in 2008. Mauboy released her debut studio album, Been Waiting, in November 2008, which spawned her first number-one single, “Burn“, as well as the top ten hits, “Running Back” and “Because“. Been Waiting became the second highest-selling Australian album of 2009, and was certified double platinum. Her second studio album, Get ‘Em Girls (2010), included the top ten singles, “Saturday Night” and “Inescapable“. Mauboy’s third studio album, Beautiful, was released in 2013 and produced the top-ten singles “Pop a Bottle (Fill Me Up)” and “Never Be the Same“. To date, Mauboy has sold more than two million records in Australia alone.
Mauboy has received thirteen ARIA Music Awards nominations, of which she has won two. In April 2013, she was ranked at number 16 onHerald Sun‘s list of the “100 Greatest Australian Singers of All Time”. Aside from her music career, Mauboy has also ventured into acting. She made her acting debut in the film adaptation of the 1990 Aboriginal musical, Bran Nue Dae (2010), and starred in the critically acclaimed film, The Sapphires (2012), which earned her the AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Billy Bob Thornton
|Billy Bob Thornton|
Thornton in February 2012
|Born||August 4, 1955
Hot Springs, Arkansas, U.S.
|Occupation||Actor, writer, director, producer, musician|
|Spouse(s)||Melissa Lee Gatlin
Pietra Dawn Cherniak
|Genres||Country rock, blues rock|
|Associated acts||The Boxmasters|
Thornton made his first break with co-writing and starring in the 1992 film One False Move and came to international attention after writing, directing, and starring in the highly acclaimed independent film Sling Blade (1996), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. He appeared in several major film roles following Sling Blade‘s success which brought him a bigger international recognition and critical acclaim including U Turn (1997), Primary Colors (1998), Armageddon (1998),A Simple Plan (1998), which earned him his third Oscar nomination, Monster’s Ball (2001), Bandits (2001), The Man Who Wasn’t There(2001), Bad Santa (2003), Intolerable Cruelty (2003), Love Actually (2003), Friday Night Lights (2004), The Alamo (2004), Eagle Eye (2008) and Faster (2010). In 2014, Thornton starred in the anthology series Fargo and received universal acclaim for his performance, earning a nomination for the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or TV Movie at the Emmy Awards.
Thornton is cited as an “anti-film star” who approaches his roles like a character actor and rarely accept roles in blockbusters. He has been vocal about his disrespect for celebrity culture, choosing to keep his life out of the public eye. However, the attention of the media has proven unavoidable in certain cases, his marriage to Angelina Jolie being a notable example. As an influential actor, Thornton is known for his diversity, wide range, and prolificacy, appearing in at least one film per year nearly every year since 1991. Thornton has written a variety of films, usually set in the Southern United States and mainly co-written with Tom Epperson, including A Family Thing (1996) and The Gift(2000). After Sling Blade, he directed several other films, including Daddy and Them (2001), All the Pretty Horses (2001), and Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012).
Thornton has received President’s Award from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Special Achievement Award fromNational Board of Review and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was also nominated for an Emmy Award, four Golden Globes and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. In addition to film work, Thornton began a career as a singer-songwriter. He has released four solo albums and is the vocalist of a blues rock band The Boxmasters.
Marques Houston in 2012
|Birth name||Marques Barrett Houston|
|Also known as||MH, Batman, Roger, M Houston|
|Born||August 4, 1981
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Genres||R&B, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer, producer, songwriter, actor|
|Instruments||Vocals, piano, Guitar|
|Years active||1992–2001, 2010–present (Immature/IMx)
|Associated acts||IMx, Omarion, B2K, J-Boog, Rick Ross|
Marques Barrett Houston (born August 4, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, rapper, and actor. A member of the R&B singing group Immature/IMx from 1992 until 2001, he went solo in 2003. As an actor, he is best known for his role as Roger Evans in the television comedy Sister, Sister.