Viral video propels singing nurse into the spotlight
JACKSONVILLE, FL – Ingrid Jasmin has always wanted to pursue a career in music, but she always felt like it was a goal that was out of her reach. So for most of her life she has pursued another passion – taking care of other people. As a traveling nurse, she cares for people in need in places all over the U.S., and one of the things she does that adds a little personal touch is sing for her patients. All of the hospitals where she has worked over the years know her as the singing nurse and about two years ago, a co-worker decided to capture her magic on video. While Jasmin was getting ready to leave work for the day, she was singing a parting song to her patients and one of her friends recorded it. Without her knowledge, that friend posted the video and it went viral. It was a moment that changed everything for her.
“Seeing all those comments and compliments from people really woke me up to realize this is what I’m supposed to be doing,” she said. “It reminded me who I am and who I’m supposed to be.”
That was two years ago, and in the time since Jasmin has been putting all her effort into establishing herself as a bona fide recording artist. She adopted the stage name Jae’Morrissa and has been working on developing a unique sound and style that she said not only marries pop and R&B, but also nods to some of the old-school greats like Deniece Williams, Teena Marie, Stephanie Mills and Phyllis Hyman. Her new single, “Just My Next Song,” is a perfect example of that one-of-a-kind sound. It’s an upbeat Pop/R&B fusion that mentions a few of the old-school artists and songs while touching on deep emotions that Jae said she knows will connect with fans all over the world.
“I wrote it in the wake of the last relationships I was in,” she said. “I woke up after eventually getting over it and dealing with it and realized I had no regrets. He was just my next song. He was the inspiration for me to write this song and it’s OK to move on from that. So yes, it’s a breakup song but it’s not a bad breakup song. It’s upbeat with a tribute to that old-school R&B with that throw-back old-school vibe. My style is a little different because it brings back more of that old-school sound but I still try to keep is modern. I think it’s very relatable and ultimately, I want my music to touch other souls and help people to know they aren’t alone. I want them to know I’ve felt the pain they’re feeling and it’s OK and it will be OK. At the end of the day, I want my music to be something that people can feel and enjoy and will inspire them to be better and move on.”
If you ask Jae’s mother, she’ll tell you that her daughter started singing before she ever started actually talking. She would walk around the house whistling and singing and exuding a joy of life in everything she experienced. That love of music has stayed with her over the years, and though she’s spent most of her career as a nurse, that musical talent never left.
“I’ve grown over the years to realize and to know that one can be anything in life that they would like to be, and that no goal is unreachable,” she said. “You should always work toward goals and really love what you’re doing. Always follow your dreams and work toward them daily.”
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