Jingki, formerly known as Kerrianne Cox, is a humble multi-award winning performer, philanthropist and human rights activist, who has spent a large part of her life traveling and inspiring people all over the world with her music and passion for the well being of mankind.
A proud Nuyngar woman, from beagle Bay in Western Australia. She chose to go back to her original name even though a lot of people knew her as Kerrianne Cox through her music.
“Jingki is my free name, part of the process of becoming a free, sovereign being. I am standing in my power and my truth, and I am feeling very comfortable with who I am.”
Performing has always been an important part of her culture, with knowledge being passed down the generations through song and dance. Each of her albums has songs to reflect different phases in her life as well as the Aboriginal culture and her community.
“I’m just keeping an old legacy strong and knowing that I’m a part of something that’s been going since people before me. It’s not just about music for me. I’m there for my people.”
As well as building a strong singing career, Jingki is a powerful activist. She spent several years leading a lobbying group against a planned liquefied natural gas plant at James Price Point in the North West Kimberley area.
She believes a small eco-sustainable community owned and controlled by the people offers the only way forward for her people and communities all across Australia. She encourages young people within these communities to come forward and be leaders toward this.
Through her music she has toured in the USA and South Africa and it was during her time in South Africa that she discovered a new perspective on the world, comparing it to her time back on the edge of Broome or the Kimberley.
“I had a very spiritual experience there meeting the people because they were very much like us. That place showed me that we just need to come together and pull together to resolve the things that can be resolved.”
Jingki/Kerrianne was awarded a Centenary Medal by the Australian Government for service to her country and upon returning to Beagle Bay post-travel, she was elected as chairperson of the community by her people. It was then that she began lobbying for change in the mistreatment of women, and against the trend of abuse within the community.
This work also earned her a nomination for the National Human Rights Community (Individual) Award. Much of Jingki’s time has been spent campaigning for women’s rights and the negative impacts of the criminal justice system.
In Australia, Jingki has performed at some iconic venues and historical events including the Sorry Day concert at Sydney Opera House, the Sydney Survival Concert, opening Perth Artrage in 1998 and Corroborree in 2000. She was also a featured artist at the foot of the Harbour Bridge during the Reconciliation Bridge Walk in 2000.
Jingki, under the name Kerriane Cox, was nominated in the Deadly Awards for Best Emerging Artist (1998) and Best Female Artist (1999, 2000, 2001), winning in 2001. She won a WAMi in 1997 as Best Indigenous Artist of the Year and in 2002 she received another nomination. In 2000 she was NAIDOC’s Female Artist of the Year.
“My songs have been my greatest friend and I will continue to sing my spirit free and heal my heart to love my life.”