Today we’d like to introduce you to Jasmine Bailey.
Jasmine, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born and raised in Auburn, CA – a small, mountain town outside of Sacramento. My parents always encouraged me to go outside, explore, and they supported my artistic interests from a very young age. At the age of 6, I wanted to be a singer and throughout the years it would shift from interior designer, illustrator, photojournalist, writer and then back to music. I was always interested in art, the stories that each medium can tell and the way it influences life. I started dabbling with songwriting and piano at the age of 8, along with singing and then eventually started guitar at age 14.
Eventually my interest in writing, singing, playing instruments and performing all culminated into my debut solo EP, which I recorded in 2016. I moved here to San Diego in 2017 when I wanted to continue to pursue music in a community that was more diverse. San Diego is larger than my small hometown, but still feels relaxed and supportive. Now I’m touring, writing music, gigging, and teaching and I plan on doing that on a larger scale.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
You could call my music some blend of folk, jazz and indie music. But underneath that jargon, I really just focus on crafting stories into songs. I sing, I play guitar, I write and I compose. I’m inspired by nature, mysticism, colors and textures, relationships, and narratives that repeat throughout human history. I want to create visceral experiences with music. To bring the audience into a realm that feels like real, tangible magic. I hope that when people listen, they feel empowered, inspired and know that it’s coming from the most authentic and vulnerable place in my heart.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
Success is subjective. For me, being successful means feeling fulfilled at the end of the day, being financially stable from my craft, and building a community of inspiring people who support and empower each other. You need to be able to trust and be grateful for your process, otherwise you’ll never achieve “success” or when you do, you won’t be able to actually enjoy it.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The best way to support me directly though is to buy my album and merch on my Bandcamp, or come out and see a show! I play locally often and have been touring — sometimes in venues like House of Blues and other times on the Pacific Beach boardwalk! I like to play all kinds of shows, pop up and create those intimate experiences in all sorts of spaces. All that info can be found on my website and on my social media pages.
- Website: www.jasminebaileymusic.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @jasminebaileymusic
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jasminebaileymusic
Editorial photos by Jenna Northum and live black and white shot by Cameron Ballensky.