Universal Music Publishing signs Mo’Ju to exclusive global agreement
Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) has signed an exclusive global publishing agreement with Mojo Ruiz de Luzuriaga, who performs as Mo’Ju.
The Wiradjuri/ Filipino singer-songwriter released her third album, Native Tongue, in 2018, which marked a turning point in her career.
She’s currently working on her fourth studio album as well as numerous side projects for film and TV.
2019’s mini-album Ghost Town won a Music Victoria Award, while the new 2021 EP O.K. explores mental health and loneliness.
Marianna Annas, vice president of commercial and creative at Universal Music Publishing Australia, said Mo’Ju’s artistry is profound, unique and fascinating.
“She has the rare aptitude to traverse musical genres, to draw from her own cultural roots, to blend and mix these up and to create songs which are modern yet timeless. All of us at UMPG couldn’t be more excited to be onboard with Mo’Ju and Sarah and taking the next steps forward together,” she said.
Mo’Ju, meanwhile, said she’s very grateful and excited to join the UPMG roster.
“It feels really nice to find a home for my songs and to be working with such an incredible team whom I have so much respect for. I feel like this is the kind of place I can really thrive as a songwriter and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together,” she said.
Sarah McMillan, Mo’Ju’s manager from Unified Music Group, said she’s also excited..
“It was an easy decision after meeting with the team, and it was clear that not only were they fans of Mo’Ju but they were passionate, proactive and loved their jobs. We are feeling really confident and supported in knowing we are going to be working alongside the team at Universal Music to achieve some amazing goals.”
Earlier this year, Mo’Jo leant her talents to Bonds’ yearly Pride campaign , championing safe spaces for the LGBTQIA+ community and celebrating the joy and spirit of Pride events. Mo’Ju appeared in the campaign and provided its soundtrack – a cover of Donna Summers’ iconic ‘I Feel Love’.