BALDIVIS singer songwriter Jasmine Atkins is just 21 and is already using her music to tackle serious issues such as mental illness and domestic violence.
Through her warmth and insight, Jasmine brings a depth beyond her years to her music, using it to remind her audience the sun does eventually shine again.
She has released a new EP titled Key to My Heart. The album features a range of songs from fun, upbeat tracks such as the title track and This is Where I Belong to delving into the rawness of mental illness and domestic violence.
Weaving these tales of pain into her lyrics, Atkins pays those very human experiences respect with her uplifting, sweet yet soulful voice.
The Sun Will Come Out Again was filmed in NSW at the old Morisset Hospital’s abandoned and run-down maximum security division.
It has notched up 28,000 views on her Facebook page.
What Am I Fighting For takes on domestic violence.
Jasmine said her best writing came when she allowed it to flow uninterrupted, and it often surprised her.
“I don’t really know where they come from,” she said.
“The ones about mental illness and domestic violence are not personal or about anyone I know,” she said.
“After writing them, I just thought ‘Wow, where did that come from?’
“When I started writing them, they took on a life of their own.
“When I realised where they were heading, I needed to allow them to go down that track.”
On My Wall is dedicated to her grandfather.
Jasmine said she was fortunate to work with some highly talented people on the album.
The album was recorded and produced by Mark Donohoe, Mike Hagerty Jr on drums, Murphy brothers’ Chris on acoustic guitar and Travis on electric guitar.
Ian Simpson was on the dobra and banjo, while Donohoe also played bass guitar.
Jasmine has been teaching music since the age of 14.
She is hoping to organise a regional tour.
“I’m hoping to get over east for co-writing and I would love to do some gigs,” she said.
To sample the local artist’s style. visit her Facebook page.