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Meet Jasmine Bailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Bailey.

Jasmine, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I am a songwriter, performing musician, and artist. I grew up in Auburn, CA for most of my life, and was raised in a big family of loud, passionate people who always supported my artistic endeavors. I spent a lot of my childhood drawing, reading, tinkering on piano, and acting in school plays. My grandparents lived in LA and I spent a lot of time visiting in the area for all of my life. I was always good at reading and writing, and I loved to sing and perform. When I was 15, I started playing guitar and, after I graduated high school, I started traveling the country and making a more serious effort at music.

I recorded and produced my debut EP independently when I was 18 and went on to release it through all major music platforms. From there, it felt like the path I was on was gaining momentum and I couldn’t slow it down. I won a National award from an organization called YoungArts. I moved to San Diego and established myself there as a performer. Started learning the power and importance of collaboration and community. I booked and organized my first solo tour through the West Coast when I was 20. And now I’m about to go on my first national tour!

I’ve moved many places, and have found that not only do I love singing, playing guitar and performing, but also visual art, organizing events, supporting and collaborating with other artists, helping create brand development and entrepreneurial projects, activism, history, mysticism. I like to think of myself as a renaissance woman, I believe in the healing power of art, and my goal now is to remove the facade of fame, success and return back to our roots of connection.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It’s been a journey for sure! Life is always full of ups and downs. I have to remind myself that the bad times always pass, and are there as lessons. I struggled a lot to make ends meet when I lived in San Diego. I was busking at least four days a week at the Ocean Beach boardwalk, performing at any scrappy gig I could find on the weekends, picking up extra side jobs wherever I could and trying to travel to LA for opportunities. There were many months when all I had was exactly enough to pay my rent and that’s all. I had to get by with EBT. I didn’t have any financial support from my family and was only 19. If anything, though, my journey has been way easier than what most people face. So, I am passionate about supporting and advocating for those who need it more than I do.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am a singer, guitarist, storyteller, entrepreneur and visual artist! I am known for my soulful voice, my authentic and unapologetic attitude and my ability to make sh*t happen. I work hard for the things I want, and I take risks that will hopefully challenge me to improve at my craft. I never choose the easy route. I am most proud of the achievements that I made happen myself: my first EP, my first West Coast tour, my upcoming national tour in June. I could have very easily convinced myself that I wasn’t ready or that I couldn’t do it, but I pushed on and tried.

My work ethic sets me apart, and my confidence and authenticity. I am a goober. I’m not afraid to make mistakes, be silly or vulnerable or ask questions when I really am lost. At the end of the day, I don’t do this for fame or money or recognition. I write and perform so that I may heal myself and others. I try to remove all ego from it.

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Yes! I say a lot that I make my own opportunities, but of course, there have been people along the way to help me. The YoungArts Foundation was the first major supporters that changed my life when I was 18. They were the ones who gave me a grant that allowed me to record my Wild Woman EP. My family also has always come out to all my shows, shared my music far and wide and been amazingly kind and encouraging. Another big shoutout is to the community of artists that I fell into in San Diego and LA. When you’re not from here, it can seem pretty intimidating to meet people. But I have had the honor of meeting so many helpful, knowledgeable, BADASS people here who want nothing but to see each other succeed. It’s truly wonderful.

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Kimberley Valdez, Kalyja Rain, Cameron Ballensky, Jenna Northum, Jasmine Bailey

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