Twenty one year old recording artist Jasmine V (born Jasmine Villegas)
has made her mark in the entertainment business in many different ways.
has worked as an actress, previously making appearances on various
Disney channel classic shows such as That’s So Raven and The
Suite Life of Zack and Cody. In addition to her acting, Villegas has
modeled and had appeared in Justin Bieber’s music video for his hit song
“Baby” before opening for him in 2010 on his forty city My World Tour.
2011, after completing the My World Tour, Villegas released a
mixtape featuring songs “S(he) Be(lie)ve(d),” “Jealous,” “Werk” and
“Just a Friend.” While honing her performing skills, she sang at many
sporting events including an LA Clippers game singing the National
Anthem and one of boxing champ Mayweather’s boxing matches.
Villegas was discovered at age eleven and has built herself a major
social media following since then. She loves interacting with fans and
has racked up more than 100 million views on YouTube and over a million
followers on Twitter. Her fans are very supportive and her fan base
continues to grow.
music is a priority and Villegas is currently working on her first full
length album. She’s put out multiple singles such as “Walk Away,”
“Serious,” “All These Boys,” “Didn’t Mean It” and “Paint A Smile.” She
released an EP in 2014 called “That’s Me Right There” which features a
track she did with hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar.
Being in the entertainment business often means living out of a
suitcase, and Villegas has become a pro at it. She’s been traveling
throughout the United States and overseas, recently touring with Fifth
Harmony on their Reflection Tour and now opening for Jake Miller on his
Dazed and Confused Tour.
Villegas took the stage for the Philadelphia stop of the Dazed and
Confused Tour last week, her set exploded with a high energy that didn’t
diminish throughout the entire performance. You could see her love and
appreciation for her fans. She even hopped off stage to dance with a
thrilled fan who was standing in the front row.
Villegas’s set list included a bunch of original songs as well as a
beautiful cover of Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s hit song “See You
Again,” accompanied by her brother. The energetic performance included
singing and dancing to songs that many fans recognized and danced and
sang along with as well. Her infection energy brought the crowd’s
excitement levels through the roof, leaving us wanting to know more
about the life and career of this young talent.
recently toured with Fifth Harmony. What was it like touring with them?
was a lot of fun. I feel like it was such a long time ago. It ended like
a couple of months ago, but it was a really good experience. The girls
are awesome so it was a lot of great energy.
you have any upcoming plans for new music or anything coming out soon?
After this tour I’m definitely going to get back into the studio. Start
recording and finishing up the album. Do a couple more shows. It’s
really just going to be me settling down and getting in the studio.
What’s your favorite song to perform live?
favorite song to perform live would probably have to be between “That’s
Me Right There” and the cover I do with my brother [“See You Again.”]
did a song with Kendrick Lamar. What was that experience like?
Oh, it was great.
I’ve been a fan of Kendrick for a while. The fact that I was able to get
him on my song seemed so surreal to me. When it all happened, once he
got on the song nobody told me. They just surprised me and played it for
me. I had no idea what was going on. Then when it finally registered. I
was like oh my God this is really happening!
you were to collab with any artist who would it be and why?
it was a male it would have to be Nick Jonas, because he’s amazing and
he’s cute. If it was a girl, it would probably have to be Alicia Keys or
Musically who is your inspiration and why?
I look up to
Alicia Keys a lot. Before I was getting into the entertainment business,
I would watch YouTube videos with my dad of Alicia Keys.
“If I Ain’t Got You”
is actually one of the first songs that I’d ever heard of hers. I would
perform it when I did talents shows, whenever I would go and do little
high school tours I would always sing a little bit of
“If I Ain’t Got You”
by Alicia Keys, so she’s always been my idol.
know you’ve done some acting and modeling in the past. Would you like to
do more of that in the future?
definitely. I would love to act more. I started off with acting and
modeling first. Singing kind of took over a lot of that for me. After
that, I think I do want to start acting again. Once the singing is going
really, really great, I could go back into that.
You have millions of
followers on social media. Do you think it is important to connect with
your fans in that way?
is definitely important to connect with your fans through social media.
It’s a lot easier because everything is connected with your Instagram,
your Twitter and all that stuff. Through YouTube. Whenever you have a
show you can tweet it out and you do all this stuff. Social media has
it’s way of helping and sometimes not helping. But for the most part
it’s really easy to be able to get in contact with your fans because of
social media, which is great.
When did you realize
that you wanted to be a performer?
realized I wanted to become a performer when I was a little girl. Being
half Filipino there were always family festivals. It was basically where
parents could show off their kids. It was like a little competition
thing, but I just loved being able to perform covers and songs. Go out
there and dance and sing. That’s when I realized that I love to be in
front of the crowd and I love to sing. I love to make people happy and
sing along with me. I think that’s when it all started.
do you like to do in your down time?
my down time when I’m not singing, I’m a homebody. I like to stay home
and watch Netflix and chill. When I did have a cat that was a big part
of my life. I was with my cat a lot. That sounds so typical, like a
typical cat lady. (laughs) I just love to be home, I like to
bring the fun to me. I’ll have my friends come over and hang out. We’ll
chill and we’ll talk, we’ll go to the mall, we’ll go bowling, to the
beach, to the movies. I don’t really like going out, maybe once in a
while. I only went out once this whole entire tour. That’s probably all
I’m gonna do.
Where do you see yourself in ten years?
in ten years? That’s a really good question. I don’t know. Hopefully
still making music. I’ll have plenty of albums coming out because I am
still working on putting out my first. I’ll be able to hopefully do
world tours and just be able to have a positive impact on a lot of
you have a message for your fans/Jasminators?
message would be to my fans, my Jasminators or just anybody: when it
comes to doing what you love to do, always make sure you have fun and it
doesn’t feel like a job. When it feels like a job, that’s when you don’t
want to do it. If it feels like a chore, and it feels like you have to
do it, it has to be fun to you. You have to be able to have the right
people around you. A lot of people aren’t there to benefit you, they’re
just there to stand right beside you because they love how it feels. You
just have to have people that were there for you from the beginning.
Your family. Just have fun and just keep your head up! There’s going to
be a lot of negativity, but at the end of the day it causes a really
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