Welsh singer Jasmine Leigh Morris was on this year’s X Factor, wowing both judges and audience alike with her incredible rendition of Emeli Sande’s, ‘Clown’. Jasmine made it through to Boot Camp, and even to the 6 Chair Challenge, but was “faded out“, and received very little screen time after her audition.
Clearly very talented, Jasmine is moving on with her life and her music career, and we had a quick ten questions for her.
EP: What’s the Jasmine Leigh Morris story?
JLM: The Jasmine Leigh Morris story? Umm I’ve been singing for about 4 years on the circuit but have loved singing for years! First time I ever sang in front of a crowd of people was in primary school. I recorded ‘Car Wash’ by Christina Aguilera on my little Playboy radio/cassette player, and took it into school when I was about 10 and sang it in front of the class. I sang in a band in school for things like “Battle of the Bands” and stuff. I prefer singing with a live band more than backing tracks; it’s nice to hear the passion when people love to do what they do!
EP: You’ve recently been on X Factor. What was your experience with that like?
JLM: My experience with X Factor was one hell of an experience and anyone who gets a chance to do it I’d say to do it. It really opened my eyes and was great to see all the different talented people who were on the same journey as me! And to be able to see all the behind the scenes stuff that goes in to making an episode of X Factor!
EP: Why did you choose X Factor rather than The Voice, for instance?
I chose the X Factor because I’d tried both shows before and I’d given up trying for the shows; but every gig I go to I’d have people telling me why don’t you try for X Factor! So I did it really to be able to tell them “Look, I have!” But I never expected to get anywhere let alone as far as I got!
EP: Who are your musical inspirations?
JLM: My musical inspiration is definitely Freddie Mercury, but I also look up to Lady Gaga: I’d love to have their stage presence! And they were/are both amazing songwriters and musicians: their passion for music so fantastic.
EP: What advice would you have for anyone wanting to get into the music industry?
JLM: I’d have to say, don’t be afraid to say no, and stand up for what you want, you do have a choice.
EP: If you had the chance to do it all over again, what, if anything, would you do differently and why?
JLM: I don’t think I would do anything differently to be honest apart from relaxing more in front of camera!
EP: What do you do away from music?
JLM: I work in a call centre in the week and whenever I have the chance to go out and socialise I take it I love being around people!
EP: Top 3 songs/artists you’re into right now?
JLM: my favourite songs at the moment are ‘Wildest Dreams’ – Taylor Swift, ‘Freaks’ – Timmy Trumpet, and ‘I Know You Won’t’ – Carrie Underwood.
EP: Where do you see yourself in 5 years, and how do you plan on getting there?
JLM: Where I see myself in 5 years – hopefully a little bit further into the music industry, happy and maybe a family of my own.
EP: What’s one question you wish someone would ask you in an interview, but nobody ever does?
JLM: One question I wish someone would ask me in an interview is probably “what’s my favourite food” – the answer would be spag bol! Haha!
Jasmine will be releasing some more music videos soon, but in the meantime, check out ‘Run’: