The music world will learn soon that a New York girl raised in the Poconos can make an exceptional difference in the urban music world.
Jasmine Ortiz is a stunning blonde with a voice that is just as impressive. Jasmine emits so much raw energy & talent that it touches everyone she encounters. Her love for music was evident at an early age. The gift of music was in her DNA, singing since age 2, began studying the piano since age 3, guitar since age 9, she also plays the saxophone, the viola, the violin and dabbles in drums, she has been an active, performing musician for the last 15 years.
After being offered many full scholarships Jasmine chose the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami; where she was bestowed, such high honors by receiving both Academic Merit and Musical achievement scholarships. Jasmine received both the Presidential Music Scholarship as well as being invited to join and receiving membership within the Foote Fellowship, both difficult to achieve at UM. Although music is her passion, Jasmine is also an accomplished actor and model signed to the Abrams Artist Agency.
Her latest single, ‘Miles Away’, has garnered major attention coast to coast. The video, featuring Ju-Seven and directed by Maria Picon has already got over 160,000 YouTube views in a very short period of time.
Setting the bar high for other artists she can be categorized as one of the most versatile entertainers in the game. Her style is smooth and has a refreshing sound that really captures the element of Hip Hop. She received a video endorsement from Perez Hilton and Love & Hip-Hop New York’s SwiftOnDemand, the original producer for Cardi B. Additionally he is working with her on some exciting new projects.
Currently, Jasmine has just returned from Cali Colombia, working with much sought after Medellin based Urban music producers, and recording new, exciting music, in addition to just wrapping up filming her latest music video. The new bi-lingual music and video are being edited now and getting ready to be launched! Be a part of the movement by following her on her social media and don’t miss a beat as she moves up the ranks to take her place among other musical icons!
Q: First of all tell us about the start of your professional career?
A: The very start of my professional career began in two ways: Firstly, I started playing piano and singing at age 3, knowing from that point on that music would be a large part of my life. Secondly, I was signed at 5 years old to Abram Artists Agency out of NYC and LA, where I consistently booked modeling, TV and movie gigs throughout my childhood. I have always had a love for performing in many contexts, but there is nothing more rewarding to me than performing my own original music live.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
A: The best advice I could give to anyone who feels nervous about performing, is to trust yourself. It is definitely important to practice and prepare before any live opportunities, but once you are in the moment, trust yourself and give it your all. I would also say that it is perfectly normal to be nervous, and take any mistakes in stride and choose to learn from them rather than letting them hold you back.
Q:When you decide it’s time to make a new record, is that more exciting or stressful?
A: At first it can seem a little stressful to come up with this brand new concept by yourself, but once I am fully immersed in even something as basic as an idea for the record, it becomes 100% exciting, and any doubts I had previously melt away. I love the feeling of having inspiration hit when I’m in my element writing music.
Q: How easily do songs tend to come to you?
A: It honestly depends on the track/instrumental that I’m writing to, or sometimes just my emotional outlook on the day. Usually, I can hear a track and be inspired by a concept in under 5 minutes. Then, I take 10-15 to further develop the idea and most times by that point I’ll already have a verse, bridge and part of a chorus down and ready to go. At that point I will start laying down what I have or continue developing the idea until I have a full first draft start to finish in under an hour. If I am coming up with lyrics by myself without any instrumentation or track behind them, the inspiration really just comes randomly or when I’m in a certain mood thinking about specific things.
Q: What’s your motto or the advice you live by?
A: Live without regret, and live without fear. These are my inner mantras, because I much rather look back on mistakes that I learned from, and opportunities that I took, than “what-if” scenarios playing on repeat. Some of the happiest moments artistically and personally in my life have been the result of taking a chance and working my hardest to succeed.
Q: What is you favorite song to belt out at the bar/in the car right now?
Q :What are your future goals as a music artist?
A: My future goals as an artist are to make cohesive, enjoyable albums that I will tour with to present my music to millions of people around the globe. I strive to be a breakthrough artist, bridging the gap between the Spanish and English pop markets, and finding unity in my cultural identities.
Q: What was your most memorable performance to date?
A: Two performances come to mind for me – one solo and one from the time period when I was in my own rock band. The solo performance occurred at a Haiti benefit concert held at my High School that I was chosen to perform during, and I played my original song, “Give Me a Reason”, on a grand piano in front of the school. That was a really spectacular moment for me – getting to see and hear my own peers’ live reactions to something I had written. It was truly moving. The other performance was during the “Rock Your School” benefit concert that I put together to raise money for my performing arts high school during my sophomore year. I got administrative approval and spent over 70 hours between planning, practicing for, and advertising the show. That was one of the most rewarding experience musically of my high school career, as I had been behind the scenes of every part of the show from start to finish – and seeing it raise over $5,000 bringing in a crowd of 300+ – was mind blowing.
Q :How can we follow you on social media ??
A: My Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are @iamjasmineortiz, and you can find me on Youtube at youtube.com/iamjasmineortiz
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