Muso finds niche in country genre
A Baldivis singer-songwriter has recently released a new EP.
Jasmine Atkins is excited to share Key to My Heart with her fans and the rest of the country.
Penning all six songs on the EP she had the help of West Australian heavyweights Mark Donohoe, The Murphy Brothers, Ian Simpson, Mike Hagerty Jr, Travis Bryant, and Johnny Taylor in recording the tracks.
The singer-songwriter said she loved working with Donohoe who pushed her to be the best she could be.
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“Mark is very good at encouraging me,” she said.
“I love him as a producer and engineer because he has a way of getting the best out of me and I still don’t know how he does it — he’s straight to the point and I respect that.
“I want my listeners to learn a little bit about me and I hope I can help a few people along the way if they’re having a few issues.”
Her songs touch on topics including mental illness, domestic violence, being in love and the loss of loved ones.
Atkins’ musical career began when she got her first keyboard at three years old before teaching herself how to read music and starting lessons at age six.
Three-time Golden Guitar and 1997 Star Maker winner Lyn Bowtell described Atkins as a vibrant young artist who sung like an old soul.
Atkins’ love of country music stemmed from her grandmother who introduced her to the genre at an early age with her influences including the likes of Kasey Chambers, Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood.
After graduating from the CMAA Academy of Country Music in Tamworth in 2015 and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2016 with a Bachelor of Music, she’s ready to take her music across the nation and beyond.
“I love the songwriting in country music,” Atkins said.
“I want to get my music out to everyone I can and break through new markets.”
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