Soriano Trias (born November
3, 1986) is an American and Philippine
singer and entertainer who was the third
place finalist on the third season of
American Idol due in part to tremendous
call-in support from her native state
of Hawaii . She has released two albums
one in the United States and one in Asia.
Trias was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and
raised in the Central Oahu suburb of Mililani.
She is the eldest daughter of Filipino
immigrants to the state of Hawaii from
Tanza, Cavite. Trias attended Maryknoll
School, a Roman Catholic preparatory school
of the Diocese of Honolulu. As a representative
of Maryknoll School, she won the Brown
Bags to Stardom 2001 state singing competition
and the Road to Fame 2003 youth talent
competition. Trias graduated from Maryknoll
School in June 2004.
Jasmine is planning to move to Los Angeles,
California to begin her professional singing
career. As of July 2006, Jasmine Trias
is currently dating Kris Lawrence, a singer
in the Philippines.
Trias' appearance on American Idol, her
fanbase grew into a cult-like phenomenon.
She won millions of fans in the United
States and millions more in foreign countries
where the show was aired: Australia, Hong
Kong, Indonesia, Philippines, Singapore,
and Taiwan, among others. The Manila Times
newspaper captured the mood of her ancestral
country in an April headline, "Everybody
Wants Jasmine." During the American
Idol season, hundreds of internet fan
sites from over a dozen countries were
established in several Asian and European
Managing Director of
Honolulu Ben Lee summarized the mood in
Trias' home state of Hawaii by saying,
"Jasmine has enough votes in Hawai'i
to become governor or mayor easily."
Lieutenant Governor James Aiona, in his
capacity as acting governor, declared
Jasmine Trias Day by executive order.
In the Philippines, Trias
has done television commercials and billboard
ads for McDonald's, Smart Telecommunications,
Happee Toothpaste, and Bench Clothing.
She has also done various commercials
in Hawaii discouraging smoking, drinking,
and drug use.
On October 6, 2004, Trias
released a promotional single for McDonald's
entitled "Love Ko 'To" (translated
to I'm Loving It, the McDonald's slogan
at the time). McDonald's restaurants in
the Philippines offered a promotional
meal called the "Jasmine Trio",
which consisted of a Strawberry Float,
fries, and the McDonald's exclusive Love
Ko 'To CD-Single.
Trias headlined tours
in Manila, San Francisco, Los Angeles,
and Guam in 2004. To end her whirlwind
visit to the Philippines, dubbed "Jasmania,"
she met President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
On February 27, 2005,
Trias released a CD single entitled "Flying
Home," which was sold exclusively
in Pizza Hut and Taco Bell stores in Hawaii.
The single was intended to capture her
feelings of returning to Hawaii after
months of working on tour and on her album.
Trias was a part of the JCPenney and Seventeen
"Rock Your Prom" Fashion Show.
She performed in Springfield, Missouri
and Glendale, California in March 2005.
Trias signed a record
deal with Clockwork Entertainment, a company
which has worked with Dream and Bad Boy
Records headed by P. Diddy), to record
and produce her debut album. She also
signed a record deal with Universal Records
for the album's release in the Philippines.
Her self-titled debut album with Clockwork
Entertainment was released on July 12,
2005 in the U.S.. It has since sold 12,000
Trias also appeared on
GMA 7's reality show Extra Challenge (hosted
by Paolo Bediones and Ethel Booba) with
former Miss World runner-up Ruffa Gutierrez
and former MTV VJ Donita Rose.
Jasmine Trias visited
the housemates of Pinoy Big Brother: Celebrity
Edition on March 6 and stayed in the house
overnight, leaving on March 7.
Musically, some have
compared Trias to Michelle Branch and
Vanessa Carlton. Trias has left Clockwork
Entertainment due to poor management and
promotion; and is now with Universal Records
Jasmine topped the Idol
Waves online radio Top 16 chart in July
for two straight weeks with her latest
single, "I'd Rather," a Luther
Vandross cover. Both "Excuses"
and "Sana Lagi" peaked at #6
on the popular Live 365 Internet station.
In July 2006, Jasmine
was nominated for Favorite Hip-Hop and
R&B video for her video "Lose
Control" at the MTV Pilipinas Video
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