It was the best kind of accident. When she was eleven years old,Jasmine Villegas (who goes by Jasmine V.) was walking her little brother to a music video shoot and singing verses to help him prep. What she didn't realize was that a record company intern was walking by at the same moment. He asked to record her voice for a friend and the clip wound up in the hands of her current music manager, Gabriella Mosci.
Jasmine has since been acting, performing and penning songs that contemplate love, life and loss amid the pressure of having to grow up too fast. "These songs are girl anthems, but I try to give guys some guidance on how to treat girls. Hopefully, more people will relate to the songs that way," she says.
In 2008, Filipino boxing champ Manny Pacquiao discovered Jasmine on YouTube and asked the then-14-year-old to sing the National Anthem before his bout with Juan Manuel Marquez. Jasmine ended up spending months in the Philippines, performing on one of the biggest television stations in the country. In 2009 she produced her own music video for her song, Serious, and it led to her signing with Epic Records. She appeared as Justin
Bieber's love interest in the video for his hit, Baby, and toured with (and briefly dated) him in 2010.
The San Jose, California native who is mixed Mexican and Filipina has stayed true to her roots in her lyrics, and in her debut mixtape, S(he) Be(Lie)ve(d), which she released in September 2011. Her debut album is due this year.