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Off The Record With: Jasmine Thompson

15-year-old Jasmine Thompson is one of the most exciting new voices in the international music scene. Her smash hits Sun Goes Down, with Robin Schulz, Fast Car and Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better) with Felix Jaehn became huge hits around the world and the singer even headlined the recent Parklife and Summer Waves festivals here in South Africa. I had a chat with her while she was in the country.

You’re only 15 and already making waves in the international music market. Where did your passion for music start?

My parents have always had music on in the house and I started playing music myself when I was eight years old. Around that time, I started having piano and singing lessons and it escalated from there. I posted my first Youtube video when I was ten. I had lots of encouraging comments so I carried on posting covers of my favourite songs. I have always loved music, so I’m happy that I get to do something musical every day.

You’ve collaborated with some big artists. How did that all happen?

My first big collaboration was with Robin Schulz on ‘Sun Goes Down’. That came about because we are on the same record label. They sent me the track and I really loved it, so I decided to give it a go. Robin liked my version, so we released it! On the other hand, Felix Jaehn found my cover of Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ on YouTube and did a remix of it. We were chatting on Skype, collaborating on this song for a year before we met up to do the music video in Barcelona! I can’t wait for my next collaboration.

Your cover of Tracy Chapman’s ‘Fast Car’ has been a huge hit here in South Africa. What drew you to cover that particular song?

I can’t believe how much support I’m getting from South Africa – it’s amazing. I have loved ‘Fast Car’ for a very long time. I really connect with the lyrics and I wanted to share my interpretation of this classic song with everyone.

Touring the world at 15 must be pretty surreal. How are you coping with being a teenager and traveling the world?

It is pretty surreal! I have these moments when I realise how lucky I am that I get to spend my life travelling and doing what I love. I just recently finished a tour with Robin Schulz where I was on stage performing to 7,000 people every night! I travel everywhere with my mum and my team, who are like home to me while we’re on the road. Then every time I’m back in London I hang out with my friends and get on my with homework. It’s been fun.

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