Changing the world for the better through music, song and the way she lives her life is not only the goal, but also the journey for 25-year-old Jacksonville, Florida native Jasmine Rhey. A graduate of The University of North Florida with a BA in Spanish and a year of Arabic language studies in The American University in Cairo, Egypt, Jasmine Rhey is a linguist in many facets. Singing in Spanish, French, Arabic and English, this bright beauty radiates light in each word she pens and every note she sings. Her passion for music, language and entertainment has carried her through 14 years of exploration and growth in the field of stage performance.
Jasmine Rhey began vocal lessons with highly renowned vocal coach Lorna Greenwood at age 12. From there, she performed in restaurants, festivals & elderly homes gaining comfort on stage. Greenwood then introduced Jasmine to Frances Key, descendant of the author of the National Anthem of the United States, who invited Jasmine into her chorus called the International Peace Performers. As their title details, the chorus was a group of youth who represented different cultures and performed songs about peace penned by Key. The group also performed numerous stage musicals written by Key, which provided Jasmine more opportunities to become more at ease on stage. They also performed at the National Peace Conference in 2009 with Jasmine as the lead vocalist.
Throughout the years, Jasmine wrote many poems, but was not able to put them to music until 2004 when she began writing and recording her own songs. After being exposed to the underground hip-hop scene in Jacksonville by way of dating a local rapper, Jasmine Rhey wrote, recorded and released her first full-length original album in 2009. The album titled Perfect Imperfections was a reflection of the emotional ride that was her relationship at that time. The highs and lows of, and dedication to, her relationship during that time are expressed in brilliant words and melodies delicately articulated throughout the album. Less than a week after the album was released, Jasmine moved to Egypt for one year to learn Arabic. With such passion for new cultures and languages, she was sure to come home with a new vision for her music career.
In 2010, after her return from Egypt, Jasmine soon moved to Atlanta, GA to explore the music scene as well as life on her own independent of her family’s support for the first time. Attending many local events and performances, being in the studio with the likes of respected producers Eric “88 Fingaz” Parham, “Blue” & Shakespere as well as recording and traveling with artist J. Holiday, learning how the behind-the-scenes side of the “real entertainment business” works, she gained knowledge she would later use in her own business. Abruptly, she returned to Jacksonville, FL to be with her family as her Grandfather passed.
Since her return in 2011, Jasmine has made an even bigger name for herself than she left behind winning the 2012 Duval Diamond for R&B Artist of the Year and the 2013 Duval Diamond Award for Female Artist of the Year. She spent the 2011-2012 year traveling to major cities in Florida, Orlando, Tampa, Miami etc. networking and performing. Her knowledge of the business continued to grow as she planned her next moves.
With a growing enthusiasm for incorporating her love of different languages and cultures in her music and brand, Jasmine Rhey has re-branded herself into a multi-lingual international artist expanding from her R&B roots. With this re-direction of style, she seeks to accomplish her goals more hastily as her ultimate goal is international tours. A rapidly growing fan-base online & offline is eager to hear and see what the new Jasmine Rhey brand will bring and their support shows with the support of Jasmine’s latest single “Lighters High” available on iTunes and other major music download sites.
Jasmine’s vision is now clear and with her diligence, professionalism and passionate belief in her goals, it is a matter of time before she accomplishes them. World tours, a building in Africa and continuing to inspire people to be positive and brilliant is no longer a dream, but a dream in action for Jasmine Rhey.