First Thing: Montaigne’s Morning Routine Is as Inspiring Her Music

Lauren Powell

At the tender age of just 21, Sydney-based singer-songwriter Jessica Cerro, better known by her stage name Montaigne, is talented beyond her years.

Montaigne, who’s moniker was inspired by the 16th century philosopher and essayist, Michel de Montaigne, was the one to watch (even according to the New York Examiner) when she appeared on the scene as a Triple J Unearthed High finalist in 2012, at just 16-years-old, and five years on, she’s the one we can’t get enough of.

The artist behind hit single 'I’m A Fantastic Wreck' and a string of national, sold out tours, the talented musician has become a favourite among indie and pop music lovers globally. And after revealing her uniquely inspiring morning routine, it’s guaranteed you’ll fall in love with her even more.

From Spanish lessons to dancing in her room and practicing her famed vocals, the Cosmopolitan Women of the Year Awards Artist of the Year nominee has shared with us what her AM schedule looks like (when she’s not gallivanting around the world on tour, that is) and boy, are we jealous. Scroll on to be as equally as envious.

7.00 a.m. I wake up, brush my teeth and practise 10 minutes of sun salutations. I then make and eat breakfast while I read (at the moment I’m reading What The Grandchildren Should Know by Mark Oliver Everett). Breakfast varies, but I’m super into making smoothie bowls right now. Usually something with cacao powder in it for that sweet, chocolatey taste that I love, a handful of baby spinach topped with various nuts, seeds, and fruits. I post a lot of my meals on my Instagram account @nomtaigne to show people how good #veganlyf is. I give myself about an hour to do all these things. Some days, I’ll get up, get dressed, make a smoothie with protein powder in it or grab a banana, then walk (approximately 30 minutes) to my gym and do some weights. I’ll eat breakfast and read there.



8.00 a.m. I practice Spanish on Duolingo for five or 10 minutes depending on my mood and how much time I have available.

8.10 a.m. I’ll research whatever it is I want to know about on the internet for 30 minutes. For example, “What is the etymology of the word ‘flower’?”, “Why do they use the phrase ‘Roger that’ in military communications?”, “What is the effect of negative language on the psyche?” or “When is a shoe a boot?”



8.40 a.m. I dance around in my room for 10 minutes to get that blood pumping and those limbs flying.

8.50 a.m. Depends on whether or not I need to go out that day, if I do, I shower, dress, wash my face (at the moment I use Trilogy), and put on makeup. I’ll put on a podcast or an album I want to listen to while I do that and just play it off my phone.

9.15 a.m. Answer emails! Any emails that need answering (interviews, events, shows, tours, co-writes, appearances etc.) I answer. I’ll also do intermittent checks of social media to see if there’s anything of interest or anything I want to respond to or post on there. At some point in the last few hours, I’ll probably have made myself some tea and put some eucalyptus oil in my EucoSteam inhaler to treat my voice. 



9.45 a.m. If any chores need doing around the house (room tidying, clothes washing or hanging, vacuuming, grocery shopping etc.) then I do those around this time.

10.05 a.m. Do vocal warm ups! I’ll do this anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour, just to condition my voice and keep it fit. 

11.00 a.m. This is usually about the time I start preparing and eating lunch! I might read and research some more or watch Gilmore Girls while I eat. 

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