‘Soul-searching and sobriety’ – This Indigenous singer’s healing journey
Jessa Sky's album 'Sky's The Limit'.

For Jessa Sky, music has always had a transformative power. Like many aspiring singers, she began by singing in her bedroom, closing her eyes, and imagining herself performing centre stage to help her escape reality. Now 28 and having amassed a combined following of over 40,000 across her social media, music has helped Sky to heal more than ever.

“I have always felt very connected to writing and releasing my thoughts, feelings, and emotions through music. It makes me feel safe, understood, and is an outlet for me”, she says.

Beautiful storytelling, soulful vocals, and earnest lyrics. Sky’s pop music takes listeners on melodic journeys that echo the human experience.

“My favourite part of my music is the lyrics and the meaning behind them to help readers truly delve into the topic I’m singing about. I hope the ‘sound’ is something the listeners can ‘feel’. “I’m an empath so I feel people’s energy as if it’s my own and I used to struggle with this, but now I use it to my advantage within my music. I want listeners to feel heard, seen, understood, and loved.”

In helping her fans to feel understood, Sky doesn’t shy away from the topic of mental health and sobriety.

Having experienced a harrowing miscarriage in March 2022, she has since set out to bring awareness to infant loss. Her single ‘Never Be Replaced’ is dedicated to her late daughter.

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Sky says: “When I lost my daughter I felt so alone and lost. I felt like nobody understood. It was and is a soul-crushing experience. I needed to write this to start the healing process, but I also wanted to help others who are going through the same.”

Despite suffering with BPD, depression, and anxiety herself, she often preaches the importance and bravery of vulnerability and recovery to her fans.

She describes her experience with mental illness: “It makes me so lonely, but I don’t want to be around anybody. I’m so bored but have zero willingness to even get out of bed. Some morning feels like I have to climb a mountain,
“I decided to go sober after eight years of being in and out of rehab, psych wards and eight suicide attempts. I have been sober for over a year now.”

“I no longer drink, and I couldn’t be more thankful for sobriety, but even now I still often feel empty and have no motivation to do anything. This new onset of depression scares me because I can no longer blame a hangover for feeling this way. I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been, but still feel very sick.”

However, Sky acknowledges her progress towards a healthier mind: “After I went sober, I did a lot of soul-searching. I felt a lot of freedom in that. I wanted to channel that and show the strength, resilience, and authenticity that is my culture.”

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Written by: Charleigh Sharp