Jasmine Kara was born 1988 in a small Swedish town to an Iranian father and a Swedish mother.
Even as a little girl she knew that music was her calling. Jasmine started performing at talent shows and took every chance she could get to get up on the stage. Singing and exploring new music was exciting and life ahead seemed beautiful for the young Jasmine.
Then her life took a very dramatic turn. In her mid-teens she fell in love for the first time. But this love soon turned out to be everything but an innocent teenage love affair. Jasmine quickly found herself trapped in a most abusive and totally destructive relationship and she started sinking deeper and deeper. This very dark period almost took her life.
When she was completely down and out, way down at the bottom a miracle happened. Someone gave her a guitar. And she remembered how good music used to make her feel. How music can heal.
Shortly thereafter Jasmine decided to break up and leave. She left the town she grew up in, the relationship that almost killed her - and her old life, in search for a new. She started traveling the world, determined to find a way to make a living as a performing artist.
When Jasmine arrived in New York she immediately knew she had come home. The city’s music scene in general and it’s jazz, blues and RnB clubs in particular made her realise that this was where she belonged. She started performing all over town and took every chance she could get to sing to anyone who’d listen. Gradually she started noticing how her powerful voice could move her audience, making her even more certain that this was what she needed to do for the rest of her life. However, that dream of a recording contract kept eluding her, despite promises and close calls.
Eventually she was picked up by new independent label Tri-Sound. One of it’s founders was legendary record man Marshall Chess, who ended up as Jasmine’s Executive Producer on her debut album ‘Blues Ain’t Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad’. A collection of classic old school blues and RnB-numbers, but with Jasmine’s trade remarkable voice, the album was recorded during 48 hours in the well-renowned Cosmos Studio in Stockholm, Sweden for a 2010 summer release.
Ever since her troubled teens, Jasmine had kept a diary, written notes and letters and a blog to document her dramatic roller coaster journey to where she arrived today. This material makes for very fascinating and captivating reading. So much so, that her label decided to turn it into an autobiographic novel to be launched in conjunction with the album release. So far only printed in the Swedish language, the book is called ‘Hälsa henne att hon ska dö’ (‘Tell Her That She Is Dying’) and this debut marks the start of yet another creative aspect of the much talented and versatile artist that is Jasmine Kara.’In The Basement’ by Jasmine Kara is the first single from the forthcoming album ‘Blues Ain't Nothing But A Good Woman Gone Bad’.