Jasmine Villegas Biography
Last updated: 12/28/2010
Dynamic, stunning, and powerful are just a few words to describe Sony Epic’s newest recording artist, sixteen year old Jasmine Villegas, known to her fans as Jasmine V, this talented teen is about to set the music world on fire!
No stranger to the business Jasmine has been entertaining people since the tender age of four when she discovered her talent for singing and would perform at all family functions. Even at four years old everyone could tell Jasmine was special when they were knocked out by the power in the little dynamos voice. When Jasmine was seven years old she won a singing contest at a Hawaiian Tropics contest in San Jose, California. Jasmine was discovered at age eleven when a guy heard her singing while she was walking down the street. He was so impressed that he took her to meet his friend who was interning at Damon Dash Music Group and had her sing for him. He was so impressed that he had her sing for his boss Gabriella Mosci who worked for producer and music extraordinaire, Damon Dash. Gabriella saw something extremely special in Jasmine and decided to manager her. Jasmine began honing her skills in music and acting and was booking jobs in those fields by the age of ten landing her first acting job in a commercial for the hit animated feature The Land Before The Time. It wasn’t before long that this San Jose native was landing her first professional singing gig at age eleven when she performed the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Clippers.
With a work ethic that would rival a hundred steel workers, Jasmine who has been home-schooled since the third grade began touring at age eleven and in the past 4 1/2 years has performed in over 400 shows across country and overseas. She is an extremely seasoned performer and also devotes a lot of her time giving back to the community. She has performed for educational school assembly programs across the country. She has also worked with LA’s Best, a non-profit after school program to perform at 100 elementary schools in the Los Angeles area. She also works closely with other children’s non-profit organizations such as the Geffen Playhouse, Big Brother Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club of America, Special Olympics, and Aspira Foster Care.
Jasmine’s musical performances include:
Singing the National Anthem for a bevy of top tier professional sporting events like: Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Sacramento Kings, Anaheim Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Falcons, World’s Figure Skating Championship 09, Los Angeles Galaxy, PGA Tour, Winky Wright vs. Jermain Taylor boxing fight, Paul Williams vs. Antonio Margarito boxing fight, Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Marquez boxing fight, Manny Pacquiao vs. David Diaz boxing fight, Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito boxing fight and the Manny Pacquiao vs. Ricky Hatton fight in Las Vegas mid 2009 in which the anthem was broadcasted live on PPV/ HBO reaching an audience of more then 100 million viewers. The next day, Jasmine V. was the #2 most Googled topic the day in connection with the fight!
Her youthful ambition and undeniable talent has also taken Jasmine into other creative arenas. She has been featured in print advertisements for such outlets as Target, Mary Kate and Ashley, American Girl, Levi’s, Hilary Duff, Robinsons May, Macys, Mervyns, Girl Scouts, Sparklets Drinking Water and Kohls to name a few. She has also starred in numerous commercials for brands as Chevrolet, Kellogg’s, Marshalls, and McDonald’s to name a few.
In addition, Jasmine’s TV credits also include guest-starring roles on such shows as Disney Channel’s “That’s So Raven,” Touchstone Pictures’ “My Wife and Kids” She was cast as a series regular Disney pilot sitcom “House Broken”, a spin-off of Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody,” starring Brian Stepanek and Selena Gomez. She also had recurring roles on such shows as ABC’s short lived but critically acclaimed series “The Nine.” Jasmine has also been featured in Kanye West’s music video Jesus Walks and Frankie J’s How To Deal.
However it doesn’t stop there, Jasmine has also been making international headlines and has spent several months in Manila, Philippines performing for one of their biggest television networks, GMA7. She is managed in the Philippines by no other then super star world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. She is a regular on the country’s number one rated television show. She has gained an enormous fan base there as well as other surrounding Asian countries and Filipino/Americans living in the US.
When Jasmine isn’t working she enjoys playing Sims, bowling, and hanging out with her friends making YouTube videos. She also enjoys hanging out with her family and her pets which include her cat Snuggles, her dog Chase and her fish named Mistake.