Yasmine Van Wilt
She is a singer/songwriter, classically trained actress, performance artist, activist, published author, and has a Ph. D. in Creative Writing!
Van Wild is a Southern Blues-Pop musical project by singer-songwriter Yasmine Van Wilt. Featuring production by Matt Gordon of 1092 Studios and instrumentation by Kurt Ozan (Jana Kramer), Dominic John Davis (Jack White band, Josh Davis) and drummer Daru Jones (Jack White, Nas, Talib Kweli, Black Milk) the debut self-titled album is a mix of upbeat love, social observation, and protest songs inspired by Southern landscapes and folklore.
“Cherry Tree” reached #26 on the MediaBase Indie Label charts (April 2015) and is on more than 150 TV stations globally (Comcast, Universal). It has been playlisted by American Eagle, Steve Madden, The Four Seasons, Caesar’s Palace, Macy’s & more! “Hey Old Man” is a theme song of the 2 Dan’s bestselling H8 Society project soundtrack. Released on May 7th via Bit Torrent bundles, the project, which features art by Marvel and DC Comics illustrator Bill Sinkewiecz, garnered over 700K downloads within the first week of its release and continues to gain momentum. Numerous TV, radio and live performances and recordings are forthcoming. Please check the gig list for details.
In January, Van Wild was a selected as a Semi-FInalist for the Belk Southern Artist Showcase and performed for ReverbNation and the media at Nashville’s 12th & Porter. Yasmine’s previous projects have reached #7 in the UK Music Week Charts, beating out Rihanna and Justin Bieber. The associated music videos also generated consistent play on major UK music TV channels. In 2013, EU funding allowed her to perform at a number of European cities. She has been awarded by numerous organisations including Disney. She has a Ph.D. in Creative Writing, is a published author and a classically trained actress and performance artist. Her work has been staged across the globe to critical acclaim.
Yasmine Van Wilt is a North-American singer-songwriter, writer and actress. She’s completed a PhD in Creative Writing and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts.
A musical chameleon, she records under her own name and under the name of her two alter egos, Elle “A” and Antoinette. She describes her music—that she creates for herself—as “a folk-rock-pop hybrid, with a strong dash of Delta Blues”.
Yasmine has written not only songs but also, plays, films and trans-media narratives for her alter ego characters. She has created these characters as a means of challenging the boundaries between the performative arts that she practices professionally, as a way of exploring her musical range and re-defining the boundaries between “performance personas” and “identity”. Elle “A” is, for example, a parody character. She is outrageous and garish; through Elle “A” Yasmine attempts to make a statement about the decadence and outrageous permissiveness of “celebrity culture”.
Yasmine’s Elle “A” ‘Amazing’ track reached 7 in the UK Music Week Charts. The music video was a viral internet hit and was featured on many European music TV channels. It continues to also feature on UK LA Fitness and ASDA (a Wal-Mart franchise) in-store channels.
In Antoinette, Yasmine creates a commentary about environmental exploitation; Antoinette’s story calls upon not only Yasmine’s “lived experience” growing up on the Gulf of Mexico but also her doctoral research into the aftermath of the BP Disaster. Antoinette is a storyteller through whom Yasmine communicates the story of the people of the Gulf of Mexico’s struggle.
As Antoinette, Yasmine has performed her one woman play Live and Unplugged all across Europe; she has more recently performed the play in the US where she will soon begin touring widely. The music she has written for this play, which will be released later this year, comprises the bulk of her debut studio album.
Yasmine’s prequel to Live and Unplugged, the first play of hers in which Antoinette features, We’re Gonna Make You Whole, was published and re-published (in monologue books) by Oberon Books. The play won Yasmine official selection as a Women’s Playwright International in 2012. She has been shortlisted for the 2015 competition for her sequel to Live and Unplugged, The Gift. Yasmine composed scores for all of these plays. Selections from these scores will feature on the forthcoming album.
On May 31st, she performed songs from the play’s score live on US National Public Radio (NPR). Yasmine has received numerous further awards for her work; she has received generous backing from the European Union’s culture funds.
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