Best of the City: Art & Culture

BY The Editors | June 26, 2017 | Feature Features

The temperature is not the only thing heating up in Phoenix and Scottsdale. The Valley is virtually en fuego with new to-dos, who's whos and must-tries.

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Growing up, Arizona native Yasmeen always looked forward to bedtime. Her eagerness stemmed from vivid dreams she often had of singing on large stages in front of packed crowds. “I would go to bed excited every night because I could dream about being on stage in front of thousands. That’s when I knew I wanted nothing more.” Now in her 20s, she is a woman on the threshold of fulfilling those childhood dreams. Her debut album is set for release later this year. The up-and-coming star, who has shared the stage with the likes of Solange, Miguel and Jordin Sparks, is more than ready with music she describes as “depressing, heart-wrenching, and honest pop music in the biggest way possible. I like to make you feel like you’re watching a movie—and not just any movie—but like when Titanic is sinking, and the violinist is playing his last song—that’s my album right there.” Her journey has not been simple. A resounding vocalist who has drawn comparisons to BeyoncĂ© and Adele, Yasmeen began recording music during her freshman year of college. It was also around the time her parents were going through a divorce. “I grew up very sheltered; I was somewhat naive,” she says. “I didn’t know where to pull from to express what I was feeling. It’s taken time and a lot of pain to find my inner voice. I’m still finding it.” Pain and growth are the album’s primary themes, with many of the songs stemming directly from a personal heartbreak. “It is definitely based on personal experience. I should’ve married the man I am singing about,” she says calmly and without further explanation. It is a fitting response for a woman who has and is navigating her way through a lifelong vision that has guided her all the while. No explanations needed.

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