It’s something I do all the time: sing out loud while working, driving, walking, folding laundry, etc.… And it hasn’t resulted in being discovered. (Probably ‘cause I can’t really sing. Hee Hee)…
But that isn’t the case for rising star Jasmine Villegas, who was discovered randomly…
When Jasmine V., as she’s called, was just 11-years-old, she was discovered by record company intern while walking her little brother to a music video and singing verses to help him prepare.
After getting permission to record her voice, the clip ended up in the hands of Gabriella Mosci, her current music manager.
Since then, the 17-year-old part-Mexican/part-Filipino starlet has been acting, performing and writing songs about experiences related to love, life and loss while dealing with the pressure of growing up too fast.
“These songs are girl anthems, but I try to give guys some guidance on how to treat girls,” the San Jose, California-native tells mun2. Hopefully, more people will relate to the songs that way.”
Meanwhile, Villegas’ base of celebrity fans has grown. In 2008, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao discovered Jasmine on YouTube and asked the then-14-year-old to sing the National Anthem before his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez. She’d end up spending months in the Philippines, performing on one of the biggest television stations in the country.
The following year, she produced her own music video for the track, “Serious,” which led to a contract with Epic Records.
But her biggest attention-grabbing moment came last year, when she appeared as Justin Bieber‘s love interest in the video for his break-out hit, “Baby.” Villeags would later tour with the Biebs, as well as briefly date him.
Earlier past September, Villegas—who has stayed true to her roots in her lyrics—released a mixtape, S(he) Be(Lie)ve(d), which she release.
Villegas is now working on her debut album, which should come out sometime next year.