Jacinta Price: Country Liberal Party senator’s life as a RAPPER and singer

EXCLUSIVE: Jacinta Price as you’ve never seen her before: Inside the firebrand senator’s career as a hip hop rapper and country singer before becoming a political star… these are her songs

  • NT Senator Jacinta Price has revealed her surprise former life as a hip hop artist 
  • The politician has thrown her support behind Aussie musicians and the industry
  • Price has performed as part of hip hop acts ‘Flava 4’ and ‘C-Mobs’ as well as solo
  • She has been also been likened to iconic U.S singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman 

Jacinta Price has a little-known history as a hip hop artist and country music singer, Daily Mail Australia can reveal. 

The Country Liberal Party senator was previously a Triple J ‘Unearthed’ artist whose singing style was compared to 1980s icon Tracy Chapman.

The Northern Territory politician surprised her followers last week by revealing her not-so-distant past as a musician in a Facebook post.

A Triple J online profile of Ms Price says she played violin as a youngster before joining local hip hop outfits Flava 4 and C-Mobs. 

She has also written her own songs and performed as a solo artist. 

Conservative politician Jacinta Price has revealed her musical past and released a solo album in 2013

Conservative politician Jacinta Price has revealed her musical past and released a solo album in 2013

Her Spotify account features her 2013 solo album Dry River, which is as a mix of folk, soul and country music – and sheds light on her life growing up in Central Australia.

The album cover features Ms Price in a shimmering brown and gold dress, laying on a patch of red earth. 

The title track Dry River is a haunting acapella ballad highlighting her powerful singing voice, while songs like Another Way hint at a country music influence.

Images on the Unearthed site show Price in her younger years exhibiting a daring Mohawk-style hair cut.

Liberal senator Jacinta Price (pictured) has revealed her past life as a hip hop artist before her political career took off in May this year

Liberal senator Jacinta Price (pictured) has revealed her past life as a hip hop artist before her political career took off in May this year 

Ms Price is seen speaking on amendments on the Territory Rights Bill in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra on December 1, 2022

Ms Price is seen speaking on amendments on the Territory Rights Bill in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra on December 1, 2022

In her Facebook post divulging her musical past, she threw her support behind musicians who she said work ‘in an environment that is challenging at the best of times’.

‘As a former singer-song writer and hip hop artist myself I can attest to the challenges. As the wife of a recording artist I continue to share in the challenges,’ she wrote.  

‘Music is for us all and I will always support initiatives that enrich our national identity and the creative well being of us all.’

Ms Price said it was an ‘honour’ for her and her son, who is currently studying sound design at university, to meet with music industry legend Michael Chugg and her childhood idol Jenny Morris. 

Ms Price burst onto the political and public scene after being elected in May as a Senator for the Northern Territory. She was previously a former deputy mayor of Alice Springs.

Read some of Jacinta Price’s lyrics  

I know too many angels

Who once walked this Earth

Their names have faded now

But their faces stay strong

Embedded in my memories is a beautiful one

Why has it come to this?

Where did it all go wrong?

Coz my grandmother

She said send a song

And along she talks

To the beautiful ones

Waiting patiently

To join the one she loves, yeah

Coz once you lose it now

Is a different one

Another Way, by Jacinta Price

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Jacinta Price's music has been compared to that of U.S singer Tracy Chapman

Jacinta Price’s music has been compared to that of U.S singer Tracy Chapman 

She is known for being a passionate advocate for Indigenous communities, as well as being one of the fiercest critics of the Labor government’s proposed Voice to Parliament. 

A feud between Ms Price and Labor’s Linda Burney has recently dominated the headlines after Ms Price slammed the Minister for Indigenous Affairs for visiting Aboriginal communities ‘dripping in Gucci’. 

In her Facebook post on Wednesday, Ms Price lamented working in ‘a hostile work environment’ but that she is ‘grateful’ for being able to ‘reconnect with music creativity.’

Jacinta Price: The rise of outspoken conservative Indigenous politician  

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is a Warlpiri/Celtic woman born in Darwin in 1981 and grew up in Alice Springs in Central Australia.

In 2015, she was elected to the Alice Springs Town Council where she advocated for Indigenous children and families, focusing on issues such as domestic violence.

In 2022 Price was elected as a senator for the Country Liberal Party in the Northern Territory, defeating sitting Labor senator Sam McMahon.

Price is a vocal advocate for conservative Aboriginal politics in Australia, and has rallied against ‘welfare dependency’ and ‘opportunistic collectivism’.

She is staunchly opposed to the Labor party’s Voice to Parliament, labelling it an ‘elitist’ proposal that is more about relieving non-Indigenous Australians of their ‘white guilt’ than solving the problems faced by Aboriginal people.

The senator made headlines again recently when she slammed Minister for Indigenous Affairs Linda Burney for going to Aboriginal communities ‘dripping in Gucci’. 

 

 

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Jacinta Price said it was an 'honour' to meet with Aussie music industry legend Michael Chugg and singer Jenny Morris. (Pictured left to right: Jenny Morris, Jacinta Price, Michael Chugg and Price's son)

Jacinta Price said it was an ‘honour’ to meet with Aussie music industry legend Michael Chugg and singer Jenny Morris. (Pictured left to right: Jenny Morris, Jacinta Price, Michael Chugg and Price’s son)

Nasty feud erupts between two of Australia’s most prominent Aboriginal leaders over the Voice to Parliament: ‘Punching down on blackfellas in a redneck celebrity vortex’

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has launched a scathing attack on Jacinta Price and the National Party for opposing the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

The land rights activist claimed Senator Price was caught in a ‘redneck celebrity vortex’ and was being used by shadowy right-wing forces to ‘punch down on other black fellas’.

Senator Price, a longtime opponent of the Voice, came out with some of her most vicious criticism of the proposal on Monday as Nationals declared they would oppose it.

She claimed the advisory body would divide Australia by race and said calls to support the ‘failed model’ amounted to ’emotional blackmail’.

The outspoken MP also described Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney as visiting remote Aboriginal communities ‘dripping with Gucci’. 

Mr Pearson in response claimed Senator Price, who is a member of the Country Liberal Party but caucuses with the Nationals, had taken over the ‘squalid little political party’ and its ‘kindergarten child’ leader David Littleproud should just resign.

Jacinta Price, a longtime opponent of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, came out with some of her most vicious criticism on Monday as Nationals declared they would oppose it.

Jacinta Price, a longtime opponent of the Indigenous Voice to Parliament, came out with some of her most vicious criticism on Monday as Nationals declared they would oppose it. 

He compared her celebrity to that of One Nation leader Pauline Hanson during her rise to fame as an anti-Asian immigration senator in the 1990s.

‘She’s caught in a vortex that reminds me of Pauline Hanson 26 years ago,’ he told ABC radio.

‘It’s a celebrity vortex, it’s very compelling, it gets her out in front of people and it gets a lot of cheers but it’s also a redneck celebrity vortex.’

Mr Pearson claimed right-wing think-tanks like the Institute of Public Affairs and the Centre for Independent Studies were pulling the strings.

He claimed these institutions spent years plotting Senator Price’s rise so their views could be given credibility by an indigenous politician. 

‘They’re the string pullers, they’re the ones who have lined up behind Jacinta,’ he said.

‘This has been a campaign in the making of the past three years and their strategy was to find a black fella to punch down on other black fellas, and it’s very difficult to combat.

‘The bullets are fashioned by the CIS and the IPA but… it’s a black hand pulling the trigger. This is been in the making for years now even before Jacinta entered parliament.’

Daily Mail Australia has sought comment from Senator Price.  

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson launched a scathing attack on Senator Price and the National Party for opposing the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson launched a scathing attack on Senator Price and the National Party for opposing the Indigenous Voice to Parliament

Mr Pearson said the end result would be continued suffering for indigenous people if Australians listened to her and rejected the Voice.

‘I sincerely believe this is a tragic situation a tragic celebrity vortex that will make something of a political career for Jacinta but will produce no solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians,’ he said.

‘I discern in Jacinta’s rhetoric [as] no solutions for people back at Aurukun, for people at Yuendumu, for my people.’

Mr Pearson said it was clear Senator Price was the real leader of the Nationals because the party’s opposition to the Voice was a ‘a complete turnaround’ from its previous position.

‘It’s completely inconsistent with the history of the National party members’ respectful engagement with the idea of a voice,’ he said.

He said numerous Nationals MP told him they supported the Voice because they had Aboriginal constituents in favour of it.

‘They see Aboriginal people every day, Aboriginal people enter their doors of the offices,’ he said.

But Mr Pearson believed opposing the Voice just pushed the Nationals further into irrelevance and ‘decent conservatives’ like independent MP Bob Katter, who claims indigenous heritage, and many Liberal Party members would support it.

‘Uncle Bob says this Labor has one chance to get this Voice to Parliament right,’ he said.

‘Bob Katter is a conservative [but he] is a person who has real empathy and he takes Aboriginal people seriously. He shares the pain that his Aboriginal brothers and sisters are enduring.

‘Now, unfortunately, there are two camps and I believe that the Katter, the decent conservatives, will go with us when it goes to a referendum.

‘After all, it’s just a squalid little political party, the Nationals, that is currently controlled by a kindergarten child. It is only the National party that have made this decision.’

But Mr Pearson believed 'decent conservatives' like independent MP Bob Katter (pictured), who claims indigenous heritage, would support it

But Mr Pearson believed ‘decent conservatives’ like independent MP Bob Katter (pictured), who claims indigenous heritage, would support it

Mr Pearson reminded Australians that it was Liberal former prime minister John Howard who got the ball rolling on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians in 2007.

Mr Howard opposes the Voice, but Mr Pearson said even if that wasn’t what he envisaged when he started the process 25 years ago, it was what it ended with.

‘But who can arrogate to themselves that kind of presumption that their own views should be the view that prevails?’ he said of Mr Howard.

‘We’ve gone through 15 years of process, 15 years of political history, since Howard kicked off the ball on constitutional recognition, and we’ve landed with a voice. 

‘The simple proposition that Aboriginal people should be able to tell the parliament their views on any laws that affect them. That is the simple and modest proposition.

‘We landed on that under the aegis of a Liberal-National Coalition government. And we should go forward on that basis.’

What would be added to the constitution?

1. There shall be a body, to be called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

2. The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice may make representations to Parliament and the executive government on matters relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

3. The Parliament shall, subject to this constitution, have power to make laws with respect to the composition, functions, powers and procedures of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

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The IPA said in response to Mr Pearson’s comments said it was not racist to disagree with a proposal and it believed all Australians should be equal, and their legal status should never be determined by skin colour or ethnic heritage.

‘There is broad agreement on both sides of the debate about how we can improve the lives of Indigenous Australians, including through localism, real property rights, and regional economic development,’ it said.

‘We must unify around practical approaches to improve the lives of all Australians, rather than being divided by race.

‘Establishing an indigenous-only body in our constitution would permanently divide Australians by race, and on that basis alone the proposed referendum must be shelved.’

Mr Littleproud declared the regional party’s position standing alongside Senator Price at Parliament House on Monday.

He said his party spoke with indigenous leaders and claimed the Voice would not help close the gap between First Nations and white Australians.

‘We believe empowering local indigenous communities, giving them the power at a local level, not creating another layer of bureaucracy here in Canberra,’ he said.

‘This is not a voice for regional, rural and remote Australians. This is one for those who live in Redfern, they’ll be OK.

David Littleproud declared the National Party would not support the Indigenous Voice to Parliament standing alongside Aboriginal senator Jacinta Price at Parliament House

David Littleproud declared the National Party would not support the Indigenous Voice to Parliament standing alongside Aboriginal senator Jacinta Price at Parliament House

‘But just think about those Indigenous Australians that live in Central Australia. They’re not going to have a voice out of this, they’ll have another layer of bureaucracy that won’t shift the dial of the legacy we get to leave.’

Mr Littleproud said he instead wanted to give rural indigenous communities the opportunities those in the cities enjoyed every day.

Country Liberal senator Price slammed Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney for visiting remote communities ‘dripping with Gucci’ and telling them ‘what they need’.

‘She might be able to take a private jet out into a remote community, dripping with Gucci, and tell people in the dirt what’s good for them – but they are in the dark, and they have been in the dark,’ she said.

‘We have to stop dividing this nation on the lines of race. We will not be supporting a failed model.

‘It’s not racist to disagree with a proposal… that lacks detail and divides us on the lines of race.

‘Yes, there is goodwill, there is immense goodwill from Indigenous Australians in this country… what we need now is practical measures, not an idea that lacks complete and utter detail and based on emotional blackmail.’ 

The Nationals will not, as a party, actively oppose the Voice and instead leave it up to individual MPs to represent their constituents.

‘Jacinta [Price] will take a national position and profile in articulating a case. I will be making sure that my community, as I’ve rung many and tragically, some of them don’t even know what the Voice is,’ Mr Littleproud said.

‘We are this far down the path and traditional owners in Western Queensland some of them have no idea – it means nothing to them, it won’t help them.’

Senator Price said she hoped Australians would vote against a referendum to establish the Voice if one was called. 

‘This Voice model is about empowering the elites to demand a transfer of power, and nothing more than that,’ she said.

‘This Voice model is not recognition, let’s not get the two confused here, this is an entire bureaucratic country we don’t have details on.’

Senator Price slammed Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney (pictured) for visiting remote communities 'dripping in Gucci' and telling them 'what they need'

Senator Price slammed Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney (pictured) for visiting remote communities ‘dripping in Gucci’ and telling them ‘what they need’

Senator Price said she and other Nationals MPs spoke to indigenous communities about the Voice and claimed they ‘didn’t want more division’ in Australia.

‘We are part of a liberal democratic Australia. And one of our fundamental principles is that we are all regarded as equal under the law. Despite race, despite gender despite anything else,’ she said.

‘Why should I as an indigenous Australian be governed under a separate entity than the rest of Australia because of my race?’

The Indigenous Voice as it is proposed is a strictly advisory body giving insight and advocacy to all levels of government, and does not do any ‘governing’.

Senator Price said she spoke to indigenous Australians in her electorate of the Northern Territory, many of whom did not speak English as their first language, and found many were unaware of the Voice.

‘[They] are living their day to day worrying about how they’re not going to encounter violence in their lives,’ she said.

‘Worrying about how they’re going to manage their affairs without humbug from their relatives who are dealing with alcohol and substance abuse, worrying about ensuring that their kids are actually going to get to school because now their remote communities are overcome with alcohol fueled violence.

‘These are the issues that people are concerned with now they’re not sitting around waiting for a proposal to come up with details as to how it’s going to improve their lives. 

‘We are here to serve Australian citizens of all backgrounds and it is not right to divide us along the lines of race especially within our Australian founding document.’ 

Senator Price is a longstanding opponent of the Indigenous Voice and frequently speaks out against it, including in her maiden speech to parliament,

She frequently describes it as being a bureaucracy that would divide Australians by race, and believes it would do nothing to solve practical problems like alcoholism and sexual abuse in indigenous communities.

Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, who vehemently disagrees with Senator Price on almost all other issues, also opposes the Voice.

Her opposition is rooted in her constant agitation for a treaty between indigenous people and the Australian Government to be negotiated first.

She is also concerned the Voice would end up being a ‘waste of money’ that would not have a practical benefit on indigenous lives.

Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, who vehemently disagrees with Senator Price on almost all other issues, also opposes the Voice

Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, who vehemently disagrees with Senator Price on almost all other issues, also opposes the Voice 

The two senators found common ground in slamming Anthony Albanese for his meeting with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal in August.

The former NBA star was supposed to show support for the Voice – but instead mumbled a few words about God and loving Australia.

Senators Thorpe and Price were united in panning the event as a divisive stunt.

Mr Littleproud said the Liberal Party would make its own decision about whether to support the Voice, and the issue would be discussed at Tuesday party room meeting.

Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has not expressed a firm view either way, but has spoken critically of the Voice on several occasions.

He in September declared the Coalition would not decide whether to support it until key questions were answered.

Mr Dutton told a joint party room meeting that the opposition wanted to be ‘generous’ in considering the issue, but was frustrated by lack of detail.

‘Labor seems to be making it up as they’re going along, they can’t answer even the most basic questions,’ he told MPs.

‘They say that the Voice will only apply to policies that apply to indigenous Australians but surely foreign policy and defence policy affects indigenous Australians. 

‘We still don’t know what the body is going to look like – how it will be made up, and which communities will be represented and how they will be chosen.’

Senators Price and Thorpe found common ground in slamming Anthony Albanese for his meeting with NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal about the Voice in August

Senators Price and Thorpe found common ground in slamming Anthony Albanese for his meeting with NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal about the Voice in August

Days later he issued a call to arms to the industry to attack the Voice at a Minerals Council of Australia lunch in Parliament House.

‘We have no idea what it means for the mining sector,’ he said in a fiery speech to an appreciative crowd.

‘We don’t know whether a Voice that doesn’t represent the elders that you negotiate with or that your agreement is with in a particular location, now, they might be usurped and [the Voice will] exercise a veto, right?

‘That would damage your employees, that would damage your business.’ 

Mr Dutton said Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was asking the industry to support the advisory body ‘sight unseen’ without knowing the ramifications.

‘We’re all in favour of reconciliation and we’re all in favour of sensible reforms and we’ll stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the government to do that,’ he said.

‘But this preparedness to sign up to please others I think is a disease within corporate Australia at the moment.’

Ms Burney and Labor senator Pat Dodson, both indigenous MPs and strong proponents of the Voice, during a Labor Party Caucus at Parliament House

Ms Burney and Labor senator Pat Dodson, both indigenous MPs and strong proponents of the Voice, during a Labor Party Caucus at Parliament House

A poll by the Australia Institute in July found not just strong support for the Voice, but for it to be added to the constitution.

The poll found 65 per cent would vote yes, up from 58 per cent when the same poll was run in June.

Some 14 per cent said they would vote no with the other 21 per cent undecided.

Support was highest among Greens voters, but even 58 per cent of those Coalition aligned would vote yes.

However, there is still a long way to go until a referendum, expected to be held in the 2023-24 financial year, is actually held.

Mr Albanese was hoping both Labor and the Coalition would unite behind the proposal, but will now have to forge ahead without the Nationals.

The details of how the Voice will work and what practical influence it will have are nowhere near finalised but the PM said they would be before the referendum.

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