By: Robert Knight
Legendary rock photographer, Robert Knight, established the Brotherhood of the Guitar in order to promote emerging guitarists. Guitar International is featuring guitarists in Knight’s group on our pages in a series of Brotherhood of the Guitar bio sketches.
Jasmin Poncelet is a 21 year old guitarist/singer/songwriter born in Saskatoon, Saskatewan Canada, raised in San Luis Obispo County CA.
As a child Jasmin would hear music that was often played in her house such as Louis Armstrong, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton etc. Her Father, a big blues man, held a part in her introduction to music.
At an early age, Jasmin discovered the Rolling Stones ‘Goats Head Soup’ and it resulted in her passion and obsession with music. By age 12-16, Jasmin had spoke to her father into helping her pursue the instrument, in which she earned a 1984 Fender Stratocaster that she swears by.
Jasmin’s musical influences began to include bands such as Led Zeppelin, The Allman Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Deep Purple. She mainly leans towards Rock n’ Roll from the late 1960’s and 1970’s.
Jasmin attended Templeton High School, and later attended the Modern Music Academy graduating with a Professional Musicianship Diploma and an Artist Development Diploma. While attending, Jasmin broadened her horizons with more musical genres such as Fusion, Progressive Rock, Jazz, Folk, and Funk as well as knowledge of the music industry, producing, and sound engineering.
After graduating, Jasmin had signed to a manager, and moved to Hollywood. Jasmin is currently getting ready to record with her new project, as
well as remaining a Fender guitarist while under the wing of a few helpful connections in the industry. Jasmin’s goal is to maintain an inspired musician, and to consistently write and be on stage.
She feels it’s her way of expressing herself, and connecting with others through sound. “I’m a very emotional person on the inside, so many events have occurred that I choose to not speak of, because everyone has their own story, no better or worse. I had never been the type to wear emotions on my sleeves, however I feel so understood when I hear the right sound at the right time. That’s when I feel the most centered, and the most warmth. It’s euphoric, especially when being released from my own fingers, because it reiterates the emotions that I could once not understand, and is transformed into something much bigger than a song.”