HelloBeautiful.com’s “Base Level” column features the hottest new artists we’re buzzing about. Before they make it to the summit of superstardom, we spot them at base level–the beginning of their hopeful journey to the top.
Jassie Tristina may be young, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t know what she’s doing.
The Washington, D.C. native started singing before the training wheels came off, and began to pursue her musical career at the age of 12. The benefits of getting a head start: How about being a part of the 2012 Grammy camp, recording with Quincy Jones, working with John Legend, and singing “Oh Holy Night” for “The Best Man: Holiday” soundtrack! She’s done all this amazing work and can’t even buy liquor (legally, that is).
Jassie Tristina dialed in from L.A. to talk to #TeamBeautiful about her career, her new single “The One” and how her musical idol has inspired her career.
Like we said, she may be young, but she knows what she’s doing.
Name: Jassie Tristina
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Who are some of your musical influences: I love Brandy. She has wonderful riffs. Sade. Etta James and Stevie Wonder.
When did you realize that music was your passion? I’ve been singing since I was three and professionally since I was 12 and I did a lot of background work for Quincy Jones, The Jonas Brothers and John Legend. Working with all those professional musicians was when I realized this was something I wanted to do.
What has been your biggest break thus far? I would definitely say that working on the Quincy Jones soundtrack “Soul Boss Nostra” CD. I sang a remake to John Legend’s song “Tomorrow” that was a big deal. I wasn’t nervous, instead I was excited to do it and it was my first big project to be a part of.
If you could be the love child of two artists-dead or alive-who would they be and why? Definitely Brandy because she has a wonderful tone and she has done everything at my age, that I as a young female artist want to do. She wasn’t boxed in. Then Etta James. She has wonderful tone and impeccable songs that I really love.
This California native teased us last year with her sensual hit "Ecstasy" but she' back to take 2014 by storm. With her DJ Mustard produced single "2 On" featuring TDE's ScHoolboy Q, this R&B songstress proves she's taking no prisoners.
2. Elijah Blake
Blake went from working at BlockBuster to writing Usher's No. 1 hit "Climax." Now the singer-songwriter is gearing up to expand his musical resume, which included penning Rihanna's "No Love Allowed" Under the mentorship of hit producer No.Id, it's only a matter of time before Blake's soothing voice floods your radio.
3. Mara Hruby
If you're in dire need of relaxation, just listen to Mara Hruby's EP "From Her Eyes" While the project is covers of everything from D'Angelo's "How Does It Feel" to Norah Jones "Take Off Your Cool" the West Cost native puts her enchanting voice on it, to craft a sound all her own.
Kelela brings a breath of fresh air to the musical landscape. With her urban-alternative sound, this Ethiopian beauty debuted her project Cut 4 Me to rave reviews. With singles such as "Guns & Synths" and "Enemy", Kelela's sound violently shakes up the musical landscape to offer a well-needed rejuvenating sound.
You know him as that voice. The voice behind Drake's "Too Much" and Beyonce's "Mine" but when this London native released his mixtape Dual, he proved that he can stand on his own two. With singles such as "Too Much" and "Happen" Sampha has only given us a taste of what's to come in 2014.
6. Maryann Vasquez
You need Maryann Vasquez in your life and you don't even know it. The singer/songwriter released her project "Due" and the five song EP is a fusion of pop and R&B but its her honest songwriting abilities with her undeniable voice that helps to raise the musical bar.
This Malaysian lawyer turned singer is a unique fusion of pop soul. Think Fiona Apple meets Lauryn Hill. With her sophomore debut "Nocturnal" which features production from Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, Yuna is sure to open the window on music and let in some well needed fresh air.
This Queens, New York native has such a robust voice, you wonder how she's able to carry it around in her petite 5'2 frame. But the Princeton graduate evokes a soulful sound, which echoes of her musical inspirations Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey. But with her album "Ayahuasca" fans will wonder how they've made it this far in their life without having her on their iPod.
This L.A Based Trio has secured a fan base so loyal, one would think they've been on the scene forever, but King's soothing brand of soul and R&B has catapulted the group to super star status in what seems like a matter of months. With their newest single "In The Meantime" fans can't help but fall in love with their melodic sound.
10. Gary Clarke Jr.
Hailed as this generations Jimmi Hendrix, Gary Clarke Jr and his electric guitar burst onto the scene to take his place among the rock Gods. With his album "Blak And Blue" The Austin, TX native combines rock and blues to craft a sound so rebelious it became infectious. After earning himself a Grammy nod just by being himself, one can only hope he continues his musical reign for the new year.
11. Eric Bellinger
Can he sing? Yes. Can he perform? Absolutely! Is he a cutie? Umm, duh! Singer-songwriter Eric Bellinger is part of a new crop of R&B artists showcasing a vocal prowess unlike any other, Bellinger incorporates a new school sound with classic R&B fundamentals.
The things Daley is able to do with his voice should be illegal, but this 24 year old British soul singer is one import we're here for. With his singles "Broken" and "Alone Together" Daley is sure to solidify his place in R&B, and his naturally curly pompadour is a plus!