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Interview with Jasmine V.

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[Published in the Sept. 2015 issue of LatinTRENDS magazine. Find on newsstands today!]

By Geraldine Estevez

While some may remember her as Justin Bieber’s love interest in the “Baby” music video, Jasmine Villegas, known commonly as Jasmine V., has worked tirelessly to build a name for herself. She launched her career at a young age, appearing on shows like “That’s So Raven” and “My Wife and Kids.” Still, success would not come as quickly as she once envisioned. Flash-forward several years and Villega’s music, including her single “That’s Me Right There” featuring Kendrick Lamar, along with her fan base, consisting of 1.6 million Twitter followers, attest to the kind of artist she is–one who connects with her audience.

Where are you from?

Originally, I’m from the Bay Area, San Jose. I’m half Filipino, half Mexican, and the only girl out of four kids. I never thought I’d be singing, but I sang karaoke at family parties, and that’s how it all started.

How will you approach maturing out of a teen following?

Although I appeared on the shows, I wasn’t a part of Disney, so it was easier for me to be myself and not feel like I had to be perfect.

What was working with Kendrick Lamar like?

I was a fan of his before doing “That’s Me Right There.” When he asked, I said do what you do because I knew he was talented.

What is the creative process like for you?

I’ve never sat down to write a song by myself. I’m quite nervous to do so. I talk with writers about the context of what I’m going through, and then we write together.