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Jasmine Murray
Birth name Jasmine Sharee Murray
Born December 14, 1992 (1992-12-14) (age 17)
Columbus, Mississippi
Origin Starkville, Mississippi,
United States
Genres Pop
Occupations Singer, beauty queen
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2006—present
Labels Unsigned

Jasmine Sharee Murray (born December 14, 1992) is an American singer from Starkville, Mississippi. She is best known for being a finalist on American Idol 8 where she placed 12th-13th alongside Jorge Núñez. She also competed in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in 2007. Her musical influences include Christina Aguilera.


Early life

Jasmine Murray was born in Columbus, Mississippi, but later moved to Starkville, and is the daughter of Lisa Murray and is the youngest of five children. According to the audition segments, she is eleven years younger than the fourth. Her mother suffered severe toxemia when pregnant with her, and the doctors expected neither of them to survive the pregnancy. She began to sing at the age 3. Her family told her that once they were in a vehicle, she would start singing with the radio, and that describes why she is passionate about singing. She has also performed mini-concerts with the Murray family. Before her American Idol run, she competed in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant and was a student at the Mississippi School of the Arts, where she is currently continuing her education[1]



Miss America's Outstanding Teen

Murray competed in the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen pageant in 2006 and placed fourth runner-up. The following year, competing as Miss Houston/North Central, she won the Miss Mississippi's Outstanding Teen title. In August of that year she represented Mississippi in the Miss America's Outstanding teen pageant, the teen version of Miss America, where she placed tenth.[2] In 2008 she won first place for the pageant's Mentor Club Scholarship, an opportunity open to former contestants.

American Idol

She auditioned for the eighth season of American Idol in Jacksonville, Florida on a whim after traveling to Orlando, Florida to attend the 2008 Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant.[2] She was eliminated in the second Semi-final of Season 8, but was brought back for the Wild Card round, and the judges chose her to join the Top 13. She was the first contestant to be eliminated in the finals, and the second Wild Card finalist to be eliminated in the first episode of the finals in American Idol history, with Leah LaBelle being the first. According to "Jasmine's Q&A" on the official American Idol website, aside from Allison Iraheta, she did not have a driver's license at the time of the show. When she was in the competition, she roomed with her mother, unlike the other contestants. American Idol's African-American viewer ratings dropped by 28% in the episode following Murray's elimination. [3]


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition N/A "Big Girls Don't Cry" Fergie N/A Advanced
Hollywood First Solo "The Trouble with Love Is" Kelly Clarkson N/A Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance "Mercy" Duffy N/A Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "Tattoo" Jordin Sparks N/A Advanced
Top 36/Semi-Final 2 Billboard Hot 100 Hits to Date "Love Song" Sara Bareilles 1 Eliminated1
Wild Card N/A "Reflection" Christina Aguilera 5 Selected
Top 13 Michael Jackson "I'll Be There" The Jackson 5 5 Eliminated

  • Note 1: Murray was initially eliminated, as she did not receive enough votes to advance immediately to the Top 12. However, on the March 4 results show, Kara DioGuardi selected her as one of the 8 Wild Card contenders.


Murray has been on The Ellen Degeneres Show and Live with Regis and Kelly with also-cast-off contestant Jorge Núñez. Murray also performed Beyonce song Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) at the 2009 Mary Kay Seminar. She later performed the Jordin Sparks song "Battlefield", the Rihanna song "Unfaithful", and the Fergie song "Big Girls Don't Cry" at the Delta Fair in Memphis, Tennessee.

Murray performed in the national anthem at a Michigan State basketball game.


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