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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

Age: 18

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.

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