Jasmine J. Walker was raised in New Jersey. Her mother, Heather Walker, is a gospel singer from Brooklyn, New York. While her dad, Reshid Walker, is an educator and piano player also from Brooklyn, New York. Growing up, Jasmine attended many of her mom’s live shows and studio sessions. Many of which included legendary R & B and hip-hop stars like Joe Thomas and Kool G Rap. Jasmine herself was able to contribute background vocals on Joe Thomas’s song, “Christmas Time is Here” through one of those sessions she attended.
All of those influences raised her into becoming a powerhouse in the music industry. In 2008, Jasmine performed alongside Tatyana Ali in a production of the play The Greatest Love Story Ever Told. She also performed in Hot 97’s Health Awareness Convention in 2012 in New York City. A year later, she became the background vocalist on Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Push the Sky Away tour.
Jasmine is a patron of the arts. Not only does she perform music and sing to crowds of thousands of people, but she also publishes her own poetry. In 2016, she published her first-ever poetry book entitled Seize the Moment. She is also a cinematic auteur in the sense that she wrote, directed, and starred in her first short film, Bruised but Not Broken, which now has over 300,000 views on YouTube alone.
Continuing her passion for doing more and achieving more, she got herself a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication at Delaware State University in 2017. By the time 2018 came, she had already published her second book entitled Note to Self and was featured on Comedy Knockout.
In the span of her entire career, Jasmine has achieved so much in such a short amount of time. She has constantly been working on projects, and she’s had a lot of success in everything she does. In 2019, she was featured on Let’s Make a Deal.
Jasmine cites that she’s had a lot of influences growing up as a kid, and she still looks up to them to this very day. Her influences include The Clark Sisters, Kirk Franklin, Hezekiah Walker, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, The Notorious B.I.G, Mary J Blige and Nicki Minaj. She wears her influences proudly as she releases her debut album, Believe, she’s pulling out all the stops into telling the world that “she’s the girl from around the way, with a whole lot to say.”
Believe isn’t a typical R & B/hip-hop record. Half of it is spoken word, which rings true to Jasmine’s poetic nature. It’s a creative way of covering sensitive topics that people should know about. Jasmine suffered through depression and thoughts of suicide while creating the album, but she never gave up. In its own poetic way, her music and poetry saved her. She had found her own purpose through her art, and she realized what God had put her in this world to do. Jasmine wants her art to inspire others and find their true purpose and pick themselves up out of the darkness, the way it did to her.
To find out more about Jasmine J. Walker, visit her website.