Jay Allen Sanford 12:09 p.m., May 24
Sound description: Mellow musical massage.
RIYL: Feist, Sarah McLaughlan, Sheryl Crow,
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Inception: San Diego, 2008
Ex-Band Members: Joe Hager, Drums
Influences: Feist, Sarah McLaughlan, Sheryl Crow, Ani DiFranco, the Corrs, Tori Amos, Cher
Jasmine Commerce, a native Virginian now based in San Diego, originally aspired to be a professional athlete, until a rugby injury forced him to take a break from sports.
She released her first EP Somewhere In Between in 2008. That summer, she won second place in CBS’s Sophie 103.7 FM singer-songwriter contest, earning a gig at the San Diego County Fair in Del Mar. She’s also appeared at the Belly Up and the Mint in L.A.
In 2009, Commerce was grand prize winner of Nine West’s Vintage Voices National Songwriting Contest, resulting in her recording her winning song “Meant to Be” with the Sony/ATV Music Publishing
Company in New York City. The song was produced by two-time Grammy-winner Michael Mangini (David Byrne, Jonas Brothers, Joss Stone, etc.), released on Hickory Records, Sony/ATV’s in-house label, distributed through RED Distribution and featured on iTunes in January, 2010.
She has been nominated for several San Diego Music Awards, including Best Acoustic Act at the 2011 edition.
- Somewhere In Between