For every generation, there is an era-defining artist who eclipses the heights of their peers, Jasmine Alkouri is a vocalist, songwriter, and artist who is at the fulcrum of an evolving country music scene. Jasmine is a uniquely wired musician who isn’t afraid to break the rules and push the boundaries of our perception with her brightly colored outfits and well-crafted production. Born in Orange County and raised in Los Angeles, Jasmine Alkouri has a message that will speak to generations
She is of Middle Eastern and Hispanic descent and had given up on music after a traumatic shooting in Las Vegas. During the pandemic, she overcame depression by finding solace in music and she found her voice. Music is the vehicle by which she expresses herself authentically. She writes lyrics that draw from her experiences and by using her musical acumen she articulates stories and shared perspectives that will connect with audiences across the spectrum. Jasmine combines various unique and experimental sounds with her intricate lyricism and often dabbles in multiple genres resulting in Country Pop-centered fusions that are still firmly stitched together by emotive undertones. The space bun singer cites icons such as Shania Twain, Gretchen Wilson, and Taylor Swift, as the pivotal influences in her music. She also draws inspiration from Redfoo and is avidly drawn to creating upbeat, fun, music that people can dance to.
Jasmine Alkouri is a self-made artist who wants to empower women everywhere through her music. Jasmine will be releasing her debut country single titled “Harder On Me”. The song is about hard-working men who Jasmine adores and the play on words is that a hardworking man should work “harder on me”. The song will take listeners on a journey through various positive emotions and bring them to a place where they can escape the world and be lost in the music while immersed in a very unique style and sound. It is music that heals and connects and will reach the core of our souls with substance and purpose. Her upcoming projects will highlight her passion and love for authenticity in her writing. She explores various themes by delving deeper into the emotions that encompass the human psyche. The talented enigma is here to reshape and leave an indelible mark in the industry
We sat down with the artist to see what she’s about and what she’s up to lately…
Bridge: How would you describe your sound to a first time listener?
JA: My sound is upbeat and fun.
Bridge: What inspires you most as an artist?
JA: My girlfriends inspire me. I hear them talk about what kind of men they want vs what they are meeting and I live for it! I am inspired by Redfoo since he is the hardest working man I’ve ever met in my life. I watch him code, farm, produce, play tennis, and mentor all day everyday and it makes me want to get up and be productive.
Bridge: Give us some highlights of your musical journey?
JA: During quarantine, Redfoo bought me a banjo and I fell in love with bluegrass music. It shaped how I come up with melodies now. I grew up in a musical household. My sister is an amazing singer/songwriter who introduced me to music. She introduced me to Madonna, Led Zeppelin, Dolly Parton, etc. I was a road manager for Redfoo before I started producing my own stuff. I got to see everything on tour.. it truly prepared me for this day.
Bridge: What message do you want your listeners to get from your art?
JA: I want listeners to feel empowered by my music. I want to make music that makes you laugh and be able to reference the lyrics to your friends in everyday conversations.
Bridge: What is a big goal/dream you have for your music?
JA: My ultimate goal is to have a song that is played at weddings, bars, birthdays, and cars for decades! I also want to make a song with Jon Pardi one day.
Bridge: What projects do you have going on right now?
JA: Im working on my second song that is about role reversal. Where the ladies take the lead! It was created with a lot of shots of whiskey.
Bridge: Anything else we should know?
JA: My family is of Middle Eastern descent so they never really understood why I fell in love with country, but they LOVE my music. They may have to though (laughs). Am I going to be the first country singing arab??
Bridge: (laughs) You are definitely one of a kind, and we love it!
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