This Is Who I Am
'This Is Who I Am' is the debut solo CD from singer-songwriter Jasmine Chadwick, winner of the L.A. Rock City 'Best Folk-Rock Artist' award. A throwback to confessional singers such as Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon and Alanis Morissette, Jasmine's heartfelt lyrics explore heartbreaking yet hopeful observations about the world and a piercing examination of her own life experiences. Born with a passion to sing and to express herself, Jasmine was raised in a musical family on an island in rural Canada and began performing when she was a young girl. The first stage Jasmine performed on was the rocky bluff side by her family home where she would sing for the dock workers in the harbor below on their lunch hour. Growing up, Jasmine absorbed a variety of influences including James Taylor, Sheryl Crow, Neil Young, Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks and Fleetwood Mac. After years of interpreting other songwriters material, Jasmine worked to transfer her own raw emotions from poetry into lyrics and began her songwriting career with the belief that 'music is the universal language of the heart.' Jasmine formed a band, recorded demos and played around the Vancouver area before packing her bags and acoustic guitar and heading for the city of angels to pursue her dream. In Los Angeles, Jasmine was a fresh new voice on the music scene performing at coffeehouses and open mic nights. The road was far from being easy but this period of struggle forged her as a woman and helped her realize what she wanted to say as an artist. During this time she also began writing songs with Nashville Grammy nominated songwriter Jan Buckingham and sought out musicians who helped her to grow musically. Jasmine won the hearts of a loyal Los Angeles fan base who followed her when she took the stage at many of Southern California and surrounding state top venues including The Viper Room, Whisky A Go-Go and The House Of Blues. After encouragement from fans, musicians and industry insiders, Jasmine set out to record 'This Is Who I Am.' For 'This Is Who I Am' Jasmine assembled a Who's Who of the music world as her collaborators including renowned recording engineer Bill Malina (Alanis Morissette, Christina Aguilera), guitarist Shane Fontayne (Bruce Springsteen, Sting), drummer Blair Sinta (Annie Lennox, Melissa Etheridge), bassist Sean Hurley (Colbie Caillat, John Mayer), keyboardist Mike Farrell (Vanessa Carlton, Macy Gray) and four time Grammy winning mixer Manny Marroquin (Alicia Keys, Katy Perry). The album was recorded at different studios around Los Angeles and mastered by Grammy nominee Dave Kutch at the Mastering Palace in New York City. The first five tracks of the EP are produced, written and arranged by Jasmine and the sixth is a fun bonus track remake of Al Green's classic 'Let's Stay Together.' Jasmine is thrilled to be sharing her autobiographical CD with fans and looks forward to playing the songs live during an intimate 2010 club tour that will be announced shortly. .