R&B songstress Jasmine Jordan interviews with The Steez as she sets to launch her solo EP, “Time Travel,” due to drop January 17, 2015. The singer songwriter embodies a soulful and silky voice that is a treat to the ears. Formally a part of a college band she has performed many acts, the biggest would be opening for none other than soul singer India Arie. Now in pursuit of her solo career the now Cali native originally from Olympia, Washington is on a mission to make a lasting impression on the music scene.
Location: California by way of Washington
Jasmine Jordan and I represent Olympia, WA, or the 360 which is still my area code today, despite living in CA for 6 years now!
Urban Steez: How long have you been doing music and what made you get into music?
Jasmine: I have been doing music since I can remember which I know is such a cliché answer! I think I was about two years old in the first home video I’ve seen that my parents took of me singing and dancing around. Safe to say, it’s been a part of my life and soul since my early days. My parents just always had music on around us no matter where we were. My mom always shares stories of me and my sister being those kids in the store who would just put on a show in the aisles and dressing rooms as familiar songs would come on through the store speakers. They learned early on that I had a passion for it!
Urban Steez: Definitely cliché…but official. How would you describe your style and best attribute as an artist?
Jasmine: You can definitely hear the old school R&B influence in my style. My best attribute would have to be my fun and honest approach when song writing as well as my personal connection to each song I write and how it relates to everyday relationships.
Urban Steez: Tell us your greatest experience thus far as a music artist and why?
Jasmine: One of my most defining musical moments, was when my college band, Sugar Water Purple, opened up for India Arie in Stockton, California. The preparation leading up to, as well as the actual performance, solidified that my purpose is to connect with, uplift, and encourage others through song and music.
Urban Steez: What is the biggest challenge you face being an artist?
Jasmine: Moving to LA has been the biggest challenge I’ve faced as an artist thus far. The first year was so full of transition particularly after coming from a band environment, in a city full of relationships I had already established. When I moved to LA I knew almost no one, specifically in music, and had to work from the ground up to the place where I am now, which is preparing to release my solo project, Time Travel.
Urban Steez: Im sure that experience made you more balanced as person and as an artist. Sacrifice is one aspect not many people see. Who would you like to collaborate with in the music industry and why?
Jasmine: I would love to collaborate with Kendrick Lamar because I admire his fearlessness, honest lyrics and am just a fan of his artistry altogether!
Urban Steez: Kendrick is a true talent, he can adapt to any style. I think that would be dope. So how do you feel you rank against top music talents today? And why?
Jasmine: I believe that there is a specific lane and purpose for each person in this world. Though I use other artists to gauge how I’d like my career path to go; I do my best not to compare myself against them and to just focus on my own goals and aspirations.
Urban Steez: Dope! What are you working on now, and when can fans expect to hear more from you?
Jasmine: I am currently working on finishing my solo EP project, Time Travel, which will be released on January 17th, 2015. Time Travel is a compilation of 4 songs that I’ve written, all produced by Andre de Santana. My single Time Travel is currently available for free on my website jasminejordanmusic.com.
Urban Steez: Dope!! Can’t wait to hear the finished project, you have a silky voice. Give readers one tip about pursuing their dreams?
Jasmine: My tip would go something like this: never compromise who you really are and what you stand for to get ahead temporarily or to please others! Set goals, even if it’s one small goal at a time, and then map out what you need to do to achieve those goals, one day at a time. Remember, this is YOUR story! No one else can write the pages of your story but YOU.
Urban Steez: I love it, I wish more people lived by that code especially in the music industry. What do you want to accomplish as an artist overall?
Jasmine: I would love to use my music to inspire people and show that you can make great music and still have a positive and uplifting message.
Urban Steez: If music never existed, what do you think you would be doing?
Jasmine: If music never existed, I would be such a different human being! It’s hard for me to imagine, but I think I’d be a talk show host/ news anchor. I talk way too much so it’s definitely not a stretch ;)
Urban Steez: Lol, a chatter box huh! Its safe to say that you and the microphone are inseparable…Tell us your influences and inspirations?
Jasmine: My influences and inspirations include Mariah Carey, Tamia, Beyonce (who doesn’t love Queen Bey!?) Alicia Keys, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and I have been more recently inspired by Mali Music and Lecrae.
Urban Steez: Nice line up. What do you think of the “R&B Soul” music world right now?
Jasmine: I think that the R&B Soul music world is very much alive, although not as appreciated as it should be. There are so many great artists in the world creating beautiful R&B Soul music.
Urban Steez: True. Their needs to be more outlets for R&B and soul, the talent is out there. What quote do you feel best represents you?
Jasmine: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
Urban Steez: Amen! Who do you have playing in your sound system right now?
Jasmine: I have Teyana Taylor’s new album “VII” playing in my sound system right now. I love seeing driven and talented women having success…It’s a great album!
Urban Steez: Tell us something most people would not know about you?
Jasmine: Most people don’t know that I am half German and can speak it!
Urban Steez: Amazing, can speak German too. How can business heads and fans contact you in the future (myspace, email, number, etc.)?
Jasmin: Yes, Yes! Please follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr at TheRealJasmineJ, My Facebook page is Jasmine Jordan and you can find my contact info on my website jasminejordanmusic.com
Urban Steez: Finally, Any shot outs?
Jasmine: I want to shout out Urban Steez for showing me, my music and this project love! And to my loving parents and all my supporters, you each have a piece of my heart!