J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate is full to the brim with extraordinary students with many different passions. The staff at Eye on the Storm has decided that these students deserve to be recognized for their hard work and talent. Explore the lives of these exceptional students who are profiled here as part of our new series: The Trending Ten. Get ready to be inspired!
Jasmine Jagmohan-Singh is a Grade 10 student who is involved in many extra-curricular activities at J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate. She was the lead in JCR’s musical production of ‘High School Musical’ and is the lead singer of her own band. Jasmine is an inspiration to all students and reminds us that we can pursue our dreams and hobbies.
How did you become interested in singing?
I got my start when I was really young. I would always sing songs with my sister for my family. We called ourselves “The Band of 20 Songs”. After a while, my parents could see that I loved singing and they decided to sign me up for vocal lessons when I was about 9. After that I got into guitar and I’ve been into the whole music scene ever since.
Are you planning to pursue singing as a career after high school?
Right now, it’s more of a hobby, but I’m planning on releasing an EP before I graduate in Grade 12. That’s sort of my idea, and it really just depends on how well that goes and how successful it is, but that’s my dream. Right now, music is what I’m most passionate about and that would be the dream for me to do that, but it all depends on how my passions change and develop. In five years, I see myself probably in university, hopefully still releasing music. I’ll definitely still be in school, but that’s about the extent of it.
Who are some of your role models?
I look up a lot to my favorite artist, a lot of people know this actually if they know me. Her name is Tori Kelly. I look up to her because she is just a very compassionate person. She knows how to put things in a way where it makes you feel like she’s talking to you specifically. She knows how to give people hope through her music and I look up to her because that’s something that I want to do with my music.
What inspires or motivates you to do what you do?
I sing because there’s really no other way for me to express the things that I want to say. It’s like if I speak words to you, it doesn’t even compare to singing them. It’s a different language when I’m singing a song. Just writing it, I do that because through my experiences, writing helps me develop my thoughts and learn from them.
Out of curiosity, how long does it take you to write a full song?
That’s an interesting question. It really depends on how developed my ideas are before I start. It really usually only takes me about three days. Mostly because I get the music together and then I’m very focused on that, then it’s just about next it might be lyrics and then the next day it’s recording.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what is one object you would want to bring with you?
Probably my guitar. Just because, again, singing and those emotions are part of who I am and if I don’t have that, if I didn’t have my guitar, I wouldn’t be able to write those words down and make the music for it.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what is one musical album you would bring with you?
Going back to my favorite artist, I would bring Tori Kelly’s album called ‘Hiding Place’. It’s a gospel album, I’m not actually Christian but I just like listening to it because there’s just so much hope in that one album. It’s so different from the other things that she sings, it’s not about heartbreak and happiness. It’s about them together. It’s about those two things together and it makes you think about life as a whole really. So I would bring that just because, you know, I love listening to it.