“I think confidence is very important, as well as a positive attitude. You should never give up; just maintain a positive mentality whenever you perform. You should go for it.” Jasmine Trias
A Hawaiian native of Filipino, Chinese, and Spanish ancestry, Jasmine Trias rose to fame as the second runner-up on the third season of “American Idol” in 2004, behind Diana DeGarmo and winner Fantasia Barrino. During her tenure on the show, her fan base grew outside of the United States to various countries such as the Philippines, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia and Germany.
“Simon made me thick-skinned, so with this album I just want to go out there and show everybody what I can do. If you're going to criticize me for it, criticize me. Because Simon already criticized me and there's nothing worse than that.” Jasmine Trias
The pop/R&B singer released her self-titled debut album with ClockWork Entertainment in the United States in July 2005. The album was re-released by Universal Records in the Philippines on September 1. Thanks to the No. 1 hit single “Excuses,” the Jasmine Trias album has since gone platinum. Prior to the album's release, she launched the promotional CD singles “Love Ko 'To” in the Philippines and “Flying Home” in Hawaii. Trias has appeared in many commercials and in 2005, participated in the JCPenney and Seventeen “Rock Your Prom” Fashion Show, performing in Springfield, Missouri and Glendale, California.
On the personal front, Trias is dating “Search for a Star” winner Kris Lawrence. In addition to her residence in Los Angeles, she has homes in Metro Manila, Atlanta and Oakland.
Childhood and Family:
Jasmine Soriano Trias was born on November 3, 1986, in Honolulu, Hawaii, to Chinese immigrants Rudy and Nora. She was raised in Mililani, a suburb in Central Oahu, along with her younger brother Ronel and younger sister Neolani. Jasmine, known by family and close friends as Jazzy, started vocal training at the Performing Artist Academy of Hawaii at age 8, but took a hiatus two years later. She returned to the academy when she was 14. Jazzy attended Maryknoll School, a Roman Catholic preparatory school of the Diocese of Honolulu, and graduated in June 2004. She won a scholarship to attend Hawaii Pacific University, with original plans to study nursing, but decided to put the plans on hold to pursue a singing career.
A self-described “typical Hawaiian teen,” Jazzy loves dressing comfortably, surfing and playing the ukulele. She also volunteers her time at the Kapiolani Hospital in the Emergency Room.
14-year-old Jasmine Trias represented Maryknoll High School, in Honolulu, Hawaii, in the Brown Bags to Stardom competition, a state-wide singing contest, and went on to win the competition. Two years later, she became the winner of the Road to Fame 2003 youth talent competition.
In the winter of 2004, Trias entered the spotlight when she was chosen as one of the top 32 contestants for the third season of the Fox “American Idol.” Her popularity grew when she was included in the final 12 contestants on March 17. For her debut performance on the show, she sang the Natalie Cole hit “Inseparable.” She continuously earned praise from the trio of judges and emerged as one of the season's well-liked competitors. Trias' popularity spread from the United States to foreign countries where the show was broadcast, including Australia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, China, Singapore, Taiwan, and Germany, among others. A number of Internet fan sites from over a dozen countries were set up in several Asian and European languages to promote Trias' talents as a song interpreter. During the peak of Jasmania in April 2004, the headline in The Manila Times, a newspaper in her patrimonial homeland of the Philippines, declared “Everybody Wants Jasmine.”
On May 19, 2004, Trias was voted off the show and ended up in third place after first runner-up Diana DeGarmo, and the season's idol, Fantasia Barrino. In honor of her, Hawaii's Lieutenant Governor stated the next day was “Jasmine Trias Day” for Honolulu. After “American Idol” departed the airwaves, Trias and the other finalists had a 2004 summer tour that ended in three sold-out performances at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu that September.
Trias also landed several endorsement deals in the Philippines, China and Hawaii. In October, she released a promotional CD single for McDonald's in the Pacific nation called “Love Ko 'To,” a local translation of the restaurant's slogan “I'm Loving It.” This single, also released in Chinese titled “Ching Chang” and McDonald's restaurants in China, offered a promotional meal named the “Jasmine Trio,” which consisted of a Strawberry Float, fries, and Love Ko 'To CD-Single. In China, she also appeared in TV commercials and billboard ads for such products as Smart Telecommunications, Hapee Toothpaste, and Bench Clothing, in addition to McDonald's.
Trias has also made numerous commercials in Hawaii warning against smoking, drug use and drinking.
On February 21, 2005, Trias launched a CD single titled “Flying Home,” a promotional single for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell restaurants in Hawaii. On July 12, in the U.S., the young singer released her first full-length album, Jasmine Trias, with ClockWork Entertainment, a record company that has worked with Dream and Bad Boy Records (led by P. Diddy). The 14 tracks established Trias as a pop-oriented R&B vocalist, but failed to make an impact on the charts stateside. The album reached No. 11 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers Chart and No.1 on the New Artist Albums (Pacific) chart, but missed the Top 200 listings.
Trias left ClockWork Entertainment because of inadequate management and promotion and found a new home in Universal Records Philippines. On September 1, 2005, she reissued her self-titled album for a Philippines release with bonus tracks sung in Tagalog. The single “Excuses” became a No. 1 hit in the Philippines and the album has since received platinum certification. Shortly thereafter, she hit the road for a week-long tour in the Philippines.
In early 2007, Trias performed with the Society of Seven for 5 weeks in Las Vegas, Nevada, starting on February 15. In the show, she impersonated various celebrities, among them Shakira, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears and Beyonce. One of her most memorable performances included the song “And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going,” popularized by ex-American Idol contestant and Oscar award-winning actress Jennifer Hudson.
As for her upcoming projects, she will appear as a commentator on MTV/TRL for the sixth season of “American Idol.” She is also filming a movie, Suddenly It's Magic, slated for a 2007 summer release. She will also be featured as a guest judge in a children's competition on “The Tyra Banks Show.”