Taylor Jasmine – singer, songwriter , former girl group member and hit singles produced by hitmaker, Mike Kalombo. This young and talented 14 year old is climbing to the top little by little all on her own. With 81K plays on her first single,2K subscribers on YouTube, 4K followers on Twitter and an EP coming out , her interview below will show you why her amazing fashion and beautiful angelic voice is going to be your favorite.
So Taylor, when was it that you knew you wanted to be a
Singer? “I realized I wanted to be a singer when I was four years old. My mom’s friend was the first one to actually hear me sing, because i was really shy. The song I was singing was a Mary J. Blige song, I was singing to myself when she heard me.”
How did your parents react when you told them about your decision to be in the music industry? “My parents always knew I wanted to be in the music industry, but they were very helpful, open and supportive about my decision. !”
Taylor Jasmine recently left the ATL girl group, CHARM.
How did that come about and what was your experience like being in your first girl group? “I found the girl group on Instagram and they were having an online audition. The experience in the group for me was fun, and at the same time an overall learning experience.”
On Her Music Style:“R&B/Pop is most likely my sound, but I do have times where I go left field :)”
What message do you want to send to your fans with your music? “I want them to know that there’s nothing wrong with being yourself. You just have to let go the things that weigh you down in order for you to fly.”
“I Don’t Need It” is your first debut single as a solo artist. How did those lyrics and song come about & what does that song mean to you? “This song was written by Sha Sha Jones and Produced by Mike Kalombo and Don P. When I heard it I loved it instantly. This song means a lot to me because it is my first single and it has a lot of meaning behind the actual song.”
What do you want people to know about Taylor Jasmine? “I want people to know that Taylor Jasmine is a sweet, kind, mysterious, humble, down to earth girl who is just trying to pursue her dreams that she has had ever since she was a young child. She believes dreams do come true, and people shouldn’t give up on them.
Who is one artist that you’re dying to work with? “I am dying to work with Rihanna, I look up to her in various ways, she is my inspiration, and she has accomplished so much throughout her whole career.”
“Blowing out someone else’s candle does not make yours shine any brighter.”
How did you feel when you saw all the great feedback you were getting for your first song? “I felt loved, and i felt i was actually making an impact on people. What does being in the studio mean to you? “It’s time to get focused, and work hard on my art for all my supporters out there watching.”
What advice would you give to a young girl who wants to become a singer and what advice would you give to a young girl who wants to go solo but is afraid? “Keep striving for your goals, no matter how hard it may get keep going, once you make that first step in trying to accomplish your dreams as being a singer you will feel so proud of yourself. If you want to become a solo singer, I think it’s best to keep people around you that love and care for you cause they will support you throughout your journey. Becoming a solo artist can be challenging, I would know because I am one myself, but a wise man once said, ” If you don’t start somewhere, you won’t get nowhere.” Start now while you can, it is never too late to be doing something you passionate for.”
What do you want your fans to take away from that song and is there a video coming out for it? “It’s a song telling people in any situation, to keep doing what you’re doing, if it wasn’t meant for you just think to yourself, I don’t need it. Your situation doesn’t necessarily have to be about a boy, it can be about anything. This song is about someone going through something, that has risen above it, by quoting the song, ” I Don’t Need It.” There is no official date for the video for this song yet, but yes there will be one. :)”
Our magazine focuses on self confidence in girls and fighting against bullying. Have you ever been bullied and if so, how did you handle it. What advice would you give to others who are being bullied? “Yes, I have been bullied before, but i handled it in a calm manner, unlike some people would take in bullying by harming themselves, etc. The advice i would give to others who are being bullied is to be a bigger person and let it go, because these people are just seeking attention, and thinking they are making themselves better by lowering someone else’s self confidence. As my mom would always say, “Blowing out someone else’s candle does not make yours shine any brighter.”
Is it easier to be on stage with a group rather than by yourself? “I mean i wouldn’t say it’s easier, it’s just actually more work, because when you’re with a group you have to be seen as one. One person in the group can’t be off while the rest of the group is on point, everyone has to be together and sound right. Being on stage by yourself is easier to me because all eyes are on you, it’s not on anyone else, the stage is yours. When you’re performing by yourself, it’s okay to mess up because it’s your show versus being with a group where if one person messes up, it affects everyone.”
How do you like traveling? “I love traveling. Especially road trips because I just sit back, relax , enjoy the ride, listen to my music and get my mind back on track. I don’t mind plane trips either they just tend to be more painful than road trips.”
Out of all the shows you did so far what’s your favorite and why? “Huntsville, Alabama, because I felt like the energy of the crowd was great, for my first huge audience, and I could really look into those people’s eyes and connect with them, and I think that’s just the best feeling ever being on stage and doing something you cherish.”
You have a lot of dedicated fans. What is your favorite fan experience? “When I was at a fair and the car & bike show I have to say, those are my favorite two places where I experienced the best fan experiences ever. The fans would ask me to hug them, and to capture a picture with them, and they would always say i’m very humble to be who i am, because a lot of people who are in my place act very stuck up, and snobby. I think fans are a big part of who I am, and I want them to keep supporting me through every step of my journey.”
Facts About Taylor (Known now as CRAVETAY)
- Most Common Question? “Do you have any new songs you’re working on? , Will there be a video to your songs”
- Top 5 Apps You Use? “Instagram , Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, and Flipagram”
- Something You Cant Go Out Without? My phone, and my charger, I will go crazy if i leave my phone at the house
- Hobbies Outside Of Music:“I attend a dance program in school, it is really exciting, but I use to cheer. “
- Weird Talent? “I can wiggle my right ear, and I can make weird shapes with my tongue.
- “Favorite Food ? ” I have a lot of favorite foods, I grew up around a lot of foreign foods, so I like a lot of different foods. I love chicken, and shrimp curry, Shrimp Ti, Spaghetti & meatballs, Shrimp Linguini, Pepper Steak, and Noodles, and baked chicken.”
- Most Embarrassing Moment?“I have a lot of embarrassing moments, but I have to say when I was younger, I had a stuffy nose, I had mucus in my nose from being sick, and someone pointed it out and ever since then I have to always have a mirror around me, or a phone camera because I don’t want anyone to tell me I have something on my face. I want to fix it before they tell me. If they tell me before i notice it then I have no problem with it, I just rather fix it before they say anything!
*This interview was done in November 2014 for Issue 10 but this issue has been archived.